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Lake George HABs Model May Work in Finger Lakes

January 17, 2020, Finger Lakes Times | The data-driven Jefferson Project gives advance warning of harmful algal blooms on Lake George and Skaneateles Lake. The possibility of it working on Seneca, Cayuga, Canandaigua and Keuka lakes was floated Wednesday at the 2020 Finger Lakes Research Conference, “Threats to the Finger Lakes,” at the Scandling Center on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It was sponsored by Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association.

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Lake Champlain in Crisis

January 19, 2020, Adirondack Explorer/Times Union | While Lake George has not experienced a harmful algal bloom, its neighbor, Lake Champlain has not been so fortunate. This article looks at the environmental and economic consequences.

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USA Today: Heavy Road Salt Use in Winter is a Growing Problem, Scientists Say

USA Today | USA Today featured The FUND for Lake George and the Lake George Road Salt Reduction initiative in a nationwide article on the dangers of road salt to the environment, drinking water and infrastructure. The FUND's Eric Siy called road salt the “acid rain of our time," but said the Lake George initiative is proving the problem can be addressed.

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Cuomo Adds to Stafe Funding for Lake George Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement

January 9, 2020, WTEN | News10 reports on New York State's new grant of $9.4 million for replacement of the Village of Lake George's 1930s-era wastewater treatment plant. Featured in the story are Village Mayor Bob Blais and Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky. The Waterkeeper is an integral program of The FUND for Lake George.

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State Investment to Save Lake George Millions in Sewer Treatment

January 7, 2020, Adirondack Explorer | Lake George taxpayers received welcome news from Gov. Andrew Cuomo when he announced $9.4 million toward the village’s new wastewater treatment plant. The funding will help alleviate outsize costs to the 1,000 or so taxpayers who are supporting a system that sometimes serves more than 20,000 people a day. Kathy Flacke Muncil, chair of the the Fund for Lake George’s Council of Business Advisors, said in a news release that the new state funding “is paramount to the future health of our regional economy.”

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Cuomo Plans $9.4 Million for Lake George Water Treatment Plant

January 6, 2020, WNYT | After months of lobbying the state, Lake George is now getting the help it needs to protect its precious water. The state is coming through with a long-awaited grant to build a new wastewater treatment plant. "I would call this the single most important step toward long term protection of Lake George since creation of the aquatic invasive species prevention program," Eric Siy of the Fund for Lake George said.

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Lake George to Receive State Funding for Wastewater Treatment Plant Repairs, Upgrades

January 5, 2020, Daily Gazette | The Village of Lake George is set to receive almost $10 million in state grants to repair and upgrade its wastewater collection infrastructure. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the $9.4 million investment into the village as the 25th proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda on Sunday. “Left unabated, pollution from the treatment plant and aging private septic systems poses serious threats to Lake George as a drinking water source for residents and visitors, and greatly increases the risk of harmful algal blooms like those that have wreaked havoc on the environment and economy of lakes across our state and beyond,” Eric Siy, executive director of The FUND for Lake George said in a statement.

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Cuomo Announces Additional Funding to Protect Lake George

January 5, 2020, WRGB | As part of his 25th proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that the state will provide additional funding to go towards protecting the waters of Lake George. “This is a momentous day for Lake George. Make no mistake, this plant has been failing for years,” said Eric Siy, Executive Director of The FUND for Lake George.

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State Awards $9.4 Million to Replace Lake George Wastewater Treatment Plant

January 5, 2020, The Post Star | The governor’s office announced additional funding to the tune of $9.4 million on Sunday to help replace the village of Lake George’s wastewater treatment plant. Eric Siy, executive director of The Fund for Lake George, said the funding will help make possible the single most important Lake George protection project in generations.

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Brine on Roads Can Save $$, Environment

January 3, 2020, Utica Observer-Dispatch | In this Editorial, the Utica Observer-Dispatch says more communities need to consider taking steps to reduce the use of harmful road salt, and cites the Lake George Road Salt Reduction Initiative as an example of what can be accomplished.

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Lake George to Assembly Water Panel: Send Money

November 12, Lake George Mirror | The FUND for Lake George and Lake George Waterkeeper recently encouraged the New York State Assembly Minority's Task Force on Water Quality to work toward increasing the availability of dedicated funding for water quality protection projects. FUND Executive Director Eric Siy and Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky were joined by Fort William Henry Corp. CEO Kathy Flacke Muncil, Chair of The FUND's Council of Business Advisors, in speaking at a regional forum hosted by Assemblyman Dan Stec in Lake George.

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Task Force’s Study of Salt Reduction in Adirondack Park Delays Action Protecting Waters, Health Advocates Say

November 12, Lake George Mirror | Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky says legislation that would create a state task force to identify ways to reduce road salt use in the Adirondacks is unnecessary because proven salt-reduction practices are already in place around Lake George and can serve as a model for other areas. “We’ve got a model that works,” Navitsky told the Lake George Mirror. “We’ve got evidence that shows we’re reducing road salt 25- 30 percent. Why take a step back? We would encourage them (the state) to start implementing this model right now.”

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Bolton's Innovative Technology in State's Spotlight

November 12, 2019, Lake George Mirror | A woodchip bioreactor sewage treatment system at the Town of Bolton's wastewater treatment plant, funded by a $50,000 grant from The FUND for Lake George, is proving remarkably successful, extracting as much as 70% of the nitrogen remaining in the wastewater treated by the plant.

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