News

  • July 11, 2024

    Post-Treatment Monitoring Plan for ProcellaCOR in Lake George

    LAKE GEORGE — In light of the Lake George Park Commission’s (LGPC’s) treatment of Eurasian watermilfoil with the chemical pesticide florpyrauxifen-benzyl (ProcellaCOR), The Jefferson Project has developed and implemented a detailed monitoring plan. This will measure and model the water dynamics of Lake George, specifically the two treatment bays, Blairs Bay and Sheep Meadow Bay, determine the levels and destination of the active ingredient and its major degradant compounds as well as the impact to the native and non-native components of the Lake George ecosystem.

  • July 10, 2024

    LGA Welcomes Elyce Buell as Water Quality Research Manager

    LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Association has appointed Elyce Buell, Ph.D., as its new Water Quality Research Manager, a science-to-solutions–based position focused on understanding of the various threats to Lake George water quality. In her new role, Elyce will work on existing and new research projects for the LGA. This will involve establishing instrumentation to collect data in specific watersheds in the Lake George basin, analyzing the data, and communicating the findings to municipalities and the public.  

  • June 29, 2024

    LGA Closely Monitoring ProcellaCOR Before, During, and After Its June 29 Application

    LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Association (LGA) is closely monitoring the behavior and effects of the ProcellaCOR pesticide that the Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) had applied to two Lake George bays early this morning.

  • June 28, 2024

    ProcellaCOR Could Go in the Lake This Weekend

    At today’s Supreme Court hearing, Justice Muller lifted the temporary restraining against NY State, which prevented the Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) from applying an herbicide to Lake George. With the restraint removed, the LGPC can put the chemical herbicide ProcellaCOR in the lake any time from now until the end of the day Sunday, when the permits expire.

  • June 5, 2024

    LGA Hires Interim Executive Director

    LAKE GEORGE — Leigh Youngblood, the new interim executive director (ED) of the Lake George Association (LGA), brings deep experience in nonprofit conservation. Under her leadership, the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust in Athol, MA, grew staff from one to nine people and reached a total of 35,000 conservation acres in north-central Massachusetts over the course of 26 years. Municipal wetland protection is also a significant part of her conservation expertise

  • June 4, 2024

    LGA Board Elects Dr. John E. Kelly III as Chair, Reinforcing Its Commitment to Science-Based Protection of the Lake

    LAKE GEORGE — The Board of Directors of the Lake George Association (LGA) has elected John E. Kelly III, Ph.D., retired IBM executive vice president and a co-founder of The Jefferson Project on Lake George, as Chair. Dr. Kelly succeeds Peter Menzies, who completed his most recent two-year term as Chair. Mr. Menzies, who has been a member and leader of the LGA for more than 30 years, continues as a member of the LGA Board of Directors. He also recently served as the LGA’s acting executive director. 

  • May 1, 2024

    Hand-Sculpted Chairs to Be Auctioned at LGA Gala

    HAGUE, NY — Al Rider never intended to become a chair maker. The engineer-turned-woodworker with a lifelong love of Lake George moved to Hague full time in 2011, where he crafted his second career handmaking tables, cabinets, desks, and about 400 tons of cutting boards with Lake inlays — but no chairs. “They’re a pain,” Al says.  That changed two years ago, when he tried to help one of his customers, a famous Lake George native name Rachael Ray, find a chair-maker.

  • April 10, 2024

    Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund Awards First Grant to Lake George Association

    LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Association (LGA) received a $5,000 grant from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund for operational costs of the LGA’s Floating Classroom. This is the first grant awarded to the LGA from the Outdoor Fund, which aims to connect new audiences to the outdoors. American children spend three times as many hours in front of screens as they do outdoors, says the 501(c)(3) charity, which seeks to introduce a new generation to the wonders of the natural world.

  • April 2, 2024

    Water quality win: Big drop in nitrates attributed to Village of Lake George wastewater treatment plant

    LAKE GEORGE — Nitrate levels dropped dramatically last year in Lake George groundwater and select streams in the West Brook watershed, thanks to the new technology at the Village of Lake George Wastewater Treatment Plant that went online in February 2022. “It’s one of the best success stories since I’ve been here,” said Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky.  

  • March 26, 2024

    Park Commission Begins Second Year of Septic Inspections

    LAKE GEORGE, NY — This month starts year two of mandatory septic system inspections by the Lake George Park Commission (LGPC), which expressed optimism at its March 26 monthly meeting that property owners will continue to cooperate with the state agency.

    Letters from the LGPC went out in early March to notify approximately 500 property owners that 2024 is their year for inspection. (Find your inspection year on the LGPC’s Public Map.) About a dozen recipients are on the schedule so far. 

  • February 1, 2024

    Looks like better road salting by DOT this year on Lake George pilot program

    LAKE GEORGE — Road salt practices by NY State Department of Transportation (DOT) are “observably better” along a 17-mile stretch of Route 9N north of Lake George Village that has been part of a pilot program for reduced salt use since 2018, says Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky. “So far this winter I’ve noticed improved practices, such as increased brining and effective spot placement of salt on cold sections instead of widespread distribution.”

  • January 10, 2024

    LGA Included in Target Circle Giving for Q1 2024

    LAKE GEORGE — From January 2024 through March 2024, the LGA is part of Target Circle, the retailer’s free loyalty program that lets you direct where Target gives to nonprofits in our community. As a Target Circle member, every eligible purchase in store or online earns you a vote. The more votes you cast for us, the more money Target will donate to the LGA.

  • November 29, 2023

    Reduced road salt practice saves hundreds of thousands of dollars

    LAKE GEORGE — By following Sustainable Winter Management (SWiM®) standards, which optimize the use of road salt, two municipalities saved a combined $400,000 last winter. Just as important, they decreased the amount of road salt used by 25% to 40%. 

  • November 10, 2023

    LGA's Investment at Work to Mitigate Stormwater Runoff in LG Village

    LAKE GEORGE — It was the inaugural run on November 3, 2023, of the $37,000 stormwater vacuum donated to Lake George Village by the LGA. The device, used in conjunction with the Village's Vactor 2100, sucked up debris from the porous sidewalk pavement on a section of Schuyler Street. With the debris removed,  precipitation can continue to filter through the pavement and into the ground rather than run downward to the Lake. The Lake George Mirror offers more details on this important step forward in Lake protection.

  • October 25, 2023

    A Call for the Business of Freshwater Protection

    LAKE GEORGE — Protecting Lake George and other freshwater bodies held centerstage at the Warren County Economic Development Corp’s (EDC’s) annual lunch on October 24 at The Carriage House. The vision: To build on The Jefferson Project at Lake George to establish Lake George as the preeminent center of freshwater protection in the United States.

  • October 4, 2023

    No New Invasives Found During Second AIS Monitoring Weekend

    LAKE GEORGE — This year’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Monitoring Weekend, August 18–20, marked a resounding success: No new invasive species were found. Now in its second year, AIS Monitoring is a Lake-wide early detection program for invasive species, intended to build on the successful Lake George Boat Inspections run by the Lake George Park Commission. The goal is two-fold: Identify any new invasives in Lake George and capture new locations of known invasives in the Lake.

  • October 4, 2023

    Town of Lake George to Set Up Brining Co-op

    LAKE GEORGE — As part of its Lake George Road Salt Reduction Initiative, the Lake George Association and Lake George Waterkeeper awarded a $40,000 grant to the Town of Lake George. The aim of the grant is to improve the efficiency and capacity of brine-making for the Town and to expand anti-icing practices that reduce road salt use on winter roads. In 2016, the Town became the first municipality in the Lake George basin to pretreat roads with brine prior to storms.

  • October 4, 2023

    Lindsey Kenna Returns to LGA as New Education for Action Manager

    LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Association has appointed Lindsey Kenna as its Education for Action Manager, overseeing education programs for children and adults that advance stewardship of Lake George. Previously she served as an educator for the LGA from 2017 to 2020.

  • September 28, 2023

    Two New Services for Registered Lake Protectors

    LAKE GEORGE — As part of its ongoing mission to partner with residents and businesses in the Lake George watershed, the Lake George Association (LGA) has launched two new services, effective immediately. The two pilot programs — Property Visits and Engineering Service Grants — are the newest additions to the LGA’s free Lake Protector Profile app. Every property owner in the Lake George watershed who registers for the app is eligible.

  • September 19, 2023

    Three HABs spotted on September 12, 2023, in Lake George

    LAKE GEORGE — Three confirmed harmful algal blooms (HABs) were spotted in three different bays on Lake George on September 12: Basin Bay, Huddle Bay, and Oneida Bay. This is the first sighting of a HAB in the northern basin of the Lake.