The Lake George Association has been the repository for a wide variety of Lake George information over the years. Having that information has allowed the LGA to help municipalities and homeowners perform water quality protection projects and perform educational and informational outreach while at all times protecting the water of Lake George.
Even with the vast data repository, there is much information to be uncovered, discovered, and written about. No study had fully evaluated the watershed's population and land use; and infrastructure characteristics have not been fully evaluated.
As you know, the Lake George watershed, at 233 square miles, starts at the top of all of the mountains that surround the Lake and includes the area from there to the shoreline – anywhere water can flow downhill into the Lake.
Anything approved by any of the communities and done in the watershed affects water quality – positively or negatively. There may be twelve communities in the watershed, but there is only one Lake.
(The twelve communities in the watershed are:
- Town of Lake George,
- Village of Lake George,
- Lake Luzerne,
- Dresden, and
- Fort Ann
Those communities are in three counties: Warren, Washington, and Essex)
We worked with Chazen Cos. and the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board to prepare a report — called the Lake George Watershed Data Atlas — that pulls together data on Lake George development in a way that hasn’t been done before.
In addition to pulling together all the data, the Data Atlas looks at development in the past 50 years, and also includes a “what if” build out analysis of the watershed (taking into account all the property on slopes, etc., that cannot be developed).
Our intent was to have a document that would provide a single source of information regarding human influences on the watershed. The intent is that it will be used as a tool for local planners, government officials, researchers, and organizations seeking information in support of planning and water quality related initiatives. This document is also prepared in the interest of starting a dialogue about land use and future growth within the watershed.