The Lake George Association is pleased and honored to be invited by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to participate in the Harmful Algal Bloom workshop in Ticonderoga on March 20.
The LGA is among the organizations invited to join the state Steering Committee being set up to guide the development of a Harmful Algae Blooms Action Plan for Lake George. The action plans will be used to guide the development and implementation of priority projects.
While most algae is harmless, certain types of algae are harmful, and those types of algae can cause blooms that can produce toxins and other substances which can make people and animals sick.
“We are thankful for the opportunity to once again work with our friends and partners around Lake George and in Albany in a formal way to prevent Harmful Algal Blooms from occurring on Lake George,” said Walt Lender, Executive Director of the Lake George Association.
“We are pleased to bring the association’s experience to the table in a supportive and cooperative way with the state and many other stakeholders to protect Lake George water now and in the future; and help the state develop a plan that can be implemented in any of the thousands of lakes in the state that are both recreational and used for drinking water,” Lender said.
The LGA has been at the forefront of water quality protection and conservation since 1885, and was the driving force behind a number of plans, laws and decisions to protect Lake George water and property. Included in the list are: winning a court decision in 1947 requiring the state to control the level of the Lake to benefit all Lake property owners and users; creating and participating in different task forces to deal with invasive species in the water; creating and maintaining the first (voluntary) lakewide boat inspection program; initiating citizen science programs to collect widespread data on Lake conditions; working with other organizations on long-term Lake sustainability plans.
The Lake George Association is the nation’s oldest lake protection organization, and we have partnered with associations, agencies, task forces, business groups, municipalities and homeowners in order to protect Lake George water quality.
The Lake George Association staff, board, and members appreciate the State’s commitment to Lake George and Gov. Cuomo’s leadership on protecting the state’s environment.