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Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Company donates $20,000 to LGA for West Brook
West BrookGFNBsignGlens Falls National Bank and Trust Company has pledged an additional $20,000 to the LGA for the West Brook Conservation Initiative (WBCI) project, located on the former Gaslight Village property. This gift brings Glens Falls National Bank’s total commitment to the project to $25,000.

A sign about the project (pictured at left) will be posted outside at the Lake George branch of the bank.
 
In our 126-year history, the West Brook Conservation Initiative is the LGA’s largest, most important water quality remediation effort. We are grateful to Glens Falls National for recognizing the project's importance. West Brook is the single largest source of contaminants, pollution, nutrients and sediment entering the south basin of Lake George.
 
To date, $9.4 million has been raised toward the $15 million dollar project. Jointly, the LGA and the Fund for Lake George still need to raise $450,000 to pay off the loan for the $2.1 million conservation easement on the property.

“Here at Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company, we are well aware of the central role Lake George plays in our region’s economy. We know that protecting the exceptional quality of the lake’s water is essential, and are very excited about this project, as we believe it is key to ensuring a healthy future for the lake and its citizens,” said Tom Hoy, CEO and chairman of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company.

“As a result of our donation, we hope other businesses will be able to support this Lake George project as well,” he said.

 
A new sediment basin at English Brook
EnglishBrookSedimentBasinConstructLGA's lake saving work continued at English Brook this fall with the addition of a new sediment basin near the mouth of the brook. Construction of the basin was completed last week. 

English Brook is one of eight major brooks flowing into Lake George. LGA lake saving projects make a huge difference to water quality, because stormwater runoff is the number one source of pollutants entering Lake George. 

The 150-foot long sediment basin was designed by the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District with financial
assistance from the LGA. The basin will slow down the flow of water and allow sediment to fall out prior to entering the LEnglishBrookSedimentBasinake. Grass pavers were also installed, to enable future access to the site so that it can be maintained. The basin will be cleaned out every 2 to 3 years - when it reaches about 50-75% capacity. This equates to roughly 350-525 cubic yards of material.

English Brook is located just north of Lake George Village at the Lochlea Estate. Earlier this summer, the LGA installed an Aqua-Swirl stormwater separator on the property. The brook has been of concern to the LGA for many years, because intense land development has increased the volume and velocity of stormwater runoff in the watershed. The New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation lists the brook as sediment impaired, and its delta is one of the largest on Lake George.

 
Lake Rangers work with LGA educators to study the watershed
ED_OUTEmilywLakeRangersLGA staff recently worked with Lake George Elementary School teacher Robin Weber and her 5th - 6th grade after-school club -- the Lake Rangers. The Rangers meet weekly to examine the issues affecting the Lake George watershed.

Several weeks ago, the Rangers toured the site of the West Brook Conservation Initiative with LGA Project Manager Randy Rath, and learned how the stormwater runoff entering the  lake presents its greatest threat. Last week, Emily DeBolt, LGA director of education, and Jill Trunko, LGA educational intern, worked with the students at a stream on the school's property to help capture and identify the macroinvertebrates living in the stream. These tiny insects are key to determining the biological health and water quality of a stream.


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ED_OUTlake rangersSome macroinvertebrates are very sensitive to pollution while others are very tolerant. Sensitive organisms like mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, (pictured above, courtesy of University of Wisconsin Extension), water pennies, dobsonflies or hellgrammites, and gilled snails are all indicators of healthy, good quality water.

"The students donned rubber boots, grabbed nets and ventured into the stream," said Robin Weber, the students' teacher. "This was truly a remarkable hands-on activity yielding a memorable and meaningful learning experience. The LGA is a valuable resource to us. I appreciate the tremendous learning opportunity we have right in our backyard," she continued.

 
Asian clam survey work complete - no new infestation sites found
AsianClamsurvey sieveThe Lake George Asian Clam Rapid Response Task Force is relieved to report that no more infestation sites have been found.

A lake-wide survey of over 170 sites is now complete. Around 70 sites were completed by LGACRRTF members in July and August – and just over 100 by AE Commercial Diving in September and October. Over 12 miles of shoreline have been surveyed in total. Sites identified as high-potential habitat (sandy areas, marinas, boat launches, and public beaches) were surveyed. This has been the task force's highest priority. Infestations were found at Treasure Cove, Norowal Marina, and a small site at Shepard Park adjoining the Lake George Village treatment site; all are being actively managed. 

The survey was critical to prioritizing management. It assures us that we are effectively allocating our resources.

 
Lake stewards: 2011 preliminary results
During the summer of 2011, LGA Lake stewards were posted at six different boat launches: Norowal Marina, Mossy Point, Hague Town Beach, Rogers Rock, Dunham’s Bay, and Million Dollar Beach. The stewards inspected 8,584 boats for invasive species and educated over 19,000 people about the threats of invasive species and how to prevent their spread.   
 
Of the boats inspected, 1,016 were at risk of bringing invasives into Lake George because they had been in a body of water other than Lake George during the past two weeks. Right now, Lake George has only four invasive species.  Some water bodies nearby have dozens.
 
LakeStewards 2Prior to launch, suspicious specimens were removed from 52 boats. Of those, 31 boats were carrying at least one invasive species. The LGA recovered 22 samples of Eurasian watermilfoil, 9 samples of curly-leaf pondweed, 4 of water chestnut and 2 of zebra mussel. 
 
The stewards also inspected boats returning to the launch after boating on the Lake. Seventy-three of these boats had suspicious samples removed. Of these, 46 boats contained at least one invasive species. The LGA recovered 42 samples of Eurasian watermilfoil, 6 of curly-leaf pondweed, and 2 of water chestnut.

A full report to the public will be published later this year.

 
West Brook OPEN HOUSE - preferred concept plan presented
WestBrookConceptsNov2011 2Last Wednesday, the public gathered at the Lake George Village Firehouse for a presentation from the planning team, on the preferred concept plan for the West Brook Environmental Park.

The team showed how the overarching theme for the park  -- WATER -- will be present in what visitors will see, feel, and perceive. The park aims to be "remarkable," (people will talk about it after they leave). Also, upon leaving the park, the goal is for each visitor to carry away a heightened sense of how "the clean water in Lake George matters to me personally."

Team member Jere Tatich, of Elan Planning, shared specific designs for the entrance ways, structures, walkways and interpretative features. The plan proposes to use multiple types of elements and surfaces to provide a full range of experiences and interactions with nature.


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Team member Howard Fish, of Points North Communications, showed the audience ideas for interpretative signage, all of which would be unified with a circular motif, since water droplets form in circles, not squares. The circles would appear on posts, rails, and as spheres in the ground -- at eye level for young children.  Thought-provoking questions on Lake George ecology would appear on one side.  The circle would swivel around in its base to reveal the answer.

Lisa Nagle, of Elan Planning, explained what elements and sections could be constructed immediately, using the remaining $1.7 million in TEP funding, and what elements would be constructed once additional funding is secured.  (See a pdf of the OPEN HOUSE presentation. This file is quite large and will take a while to load.)

The team and project partners will seek to raise an additional $3.5 - 4 million to complete the final design. Potential funding sources include the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation Green Innovation Grant Program, NYS Dept. of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, NYS Dept. of Health, and private foundations.

Now the project enters Phase 2: construction documentation.  Design reports for NYS DOT will be prepared next, as well as construction blueprints. The proposed start date for bidding on the construction is June 2012. 

 
Lakes to Locks, National Geographic and the LGA
LaketoLocksHave you heard about Lakes to Locks Passage, the web-based travel guide to northeast places recommended and respected by locals? If not, check it out! (The LGA Floating Classroom and the West Brook Environmental Park have a presence on the site.) This dynamic website pinpoints regional destinations and unique points of interest, and includes ongoing events, activities, trails, shopping, foods, and more that define the region's character. National Geographic is a key partner in the project. The interactive mapguide lets you get beyond the beaten path to discover new people, places and experiences. Log on to nominate a special place in your community.

 
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