Thanks to a $2,668 grant from the International Paper Foundation, the Lake George Association will be able to expand our water sampling program to one more location in 2020.
“The donation from the International Paper Foundation will help us continue our work monitoring the water quality of Lake George,” said Kristen Wilde, the LGA’s Director of Education.
Sampling in 2019 determined that Lake George’s water clarity continues to be very high, and the water quality has remained virtually unchanged. When the complete results of each year’s sampling program are determined, the results are posted to the LGA’s comprehensive website.
Beginning in 2004, the LGA has participated in the Citizen Statewide Lake Assessment Program, a scientific and educational program in which volunteers collect water data on New York lakes. “The water chemistry data that comes from our CSLAP sampling is used to develop management strategies for Lake George and to educate Lake users and concerned citizens,” said Wilde.
The long-standing program, managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Federation of Lake Associations, has three major objectives:
- Collect data on Lake conditions;
- Identify Lake problems and changes in water quality; and
- Build a framework for understanding the relationship between Lake conditions and Lake uses.
Over the course of a summer, the LGA and our volunteers collect samples of Lake George water eight different times. The samples are taken at two separate depths in locations near Diamond Island, Heart Bay, Basin Bay, and Gull Bay. The new location for 2020 is Huletts Landing, which was a previous sampling location.
The samples are prepared on board the sampling boat, and sent to New York State certified laboratories where they are analyzed for phosphorus, nitrogen, chlorophyll a, conductivity, pH, color and calcium.
The results are shared with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the public in order to develop an understanding of the current water quality, and see if the water chemistry and quality has potentially changed over the years.
“We’re pleased to be part of this statewide project,” said Walt Lender, Executive Director of the Lake George Association. “But monitoring the water and working with the state to protect it is nothing new for the LGA.
“In fact, going back to the 1940s the Lake George Association and its members persuaded the state Legislature to undertake technical studies of the Lake for the first time. This effort eventually resulted in the establishment of the Lake George Law, providing strong regulation to protect water quality and water safety before there was a Lake George Park Commission.”
The LGA staff will perform the sampling at two of the locations that will be supported under the grant from the IP Foundation. Our staff expects to welcome visitors to accompany us four times during the summer to experience the sampling program – signups are available on our website in late spring.
The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, water quality monitoring, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.
All the money raised by the Lake George Association goes to projects and programs that benefit the Lake and the watershed, protecting Lake George water quality now and in the future.
About International Paper: International Paper strives to reach its vision to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where its employees live and work. Funding priority is given to programs related to its signature causes: education, hunger, health & wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve the planet. For more information, visit ipgiving.com.