LGA/Waterkeeper Statement on Park Agency’s Approval of Toxic Chemical Herbicide in Lake George

April 19, 2022

The Lake George Association and Lake George Waterkeeper have issued the following statement regarding the Adirondack Park Agency’s April 14 approval of a Lake George Park Commission proposal to use a toxic chemical herbicide in Lake George.

The Lake George Association and Lake George Waterkeeper are extremely disappointed that New York State would forsake its responsibilities for protecting Lake George and approve the use of a toxic chemical herbicide in the Lake. As detailed in our formal comments to the Adirondack Park Agency, which narrowly approved the chemical's use, there simply is not enough scientific evidence about the potential adverse impacts to water quality, human health, and the aquatic plant and animal life of Lake George to proceed at this time.

It is even more disturbing that this vote ignored the fact that 300 of the 325 public comment letters received by the Adirondack Park Agency (92%) are opposed to the proposal, and that the elected representatives of the Town of Hague voted unanimously to oppose the project, which will take place within the town’s borders.

Following this decision, we are now actively considering our next steps to stop this toxic chemical from being used in Lake George.