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February 23, 2021 | Article

Mountain Lake PBS Special

Pilot programs in the Adirondacks and Northern New York that aim to use less road salt are already paying off in several communities in the Lake George region. Watch a new video produced by The FUND for Lake George and a webinar with stakeholders who talk about what The FUND for Lake George has accomplished over the past several years.

February 23, 2021 | Article

WNYT13: Harmful algal blooms threaten Lake George

LAKE GEORGE - It's called the "Queen of American Lakes." Lake George sits upon the throne of waterbody royalty because of its cleanliness. Legendary clarity draws visitors and praise from all over the world. When no less than Thomas Jefferson first set his gaze upon the lake, this was his reaction: "Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin…finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal…"

February 11, 2021 | Article

News 10: The FUND for Lake George traces road to less road salt in film showcasing lakeside towns

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The FUND for Lake George has spent five years pushing different ways to reduce the use of road salt around Lake George, for both environmental and cost reasons. That work has caused towns like Lake George and Hague to switch from sand to brine, in a process showcased Wednesday morning in a short film the FUND showed off via livestream. According to FUND data, Lake George has seen a salt increase of 300 percent over the last 40 years, and a great deal of that is thanks to salt coming in from roadways. That salt gathers in the lake and isn’t processed into the soil, which causes overall toxicity throughout the water to rise.

February 11, 2021 | Article

WAMC: New Film Documents Lake George Road Salt Reduction Efforts

As part of an effort to reduce the use of road salt in the Adirondacks, the FUND For Lake George has released a film to demonstrate how communities in the Lake George Basin have been able to use new technology to save money and protect the environment. Efforts to reduce the use of road salt in the Adirondacks have been gaining steam over the last few years. In December, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act. The new law creates a task force and begins a three-year pilot program to reduce salt use while keeping roads safe for driving during cold New York winters.

February 11, 2021 | Article

The Post Star: Municipalities across New York focus on region's road salt reduction successes

The region’s efforts to reduce road salt gained statewide attention on Wednesday, when representatives from municipalities across New York attended an informational session seeking advice on how to bring similar salt-reduction programs to their localities. More than 120 people signed up for the free informational session, sponsored by The Fund for Lake George, including highway superintendents from Westchester, Yates and Lewis counties.

January 4, 2021 | Article

Times Union Editorial: The road less salted

For decades, New York state has chosen the first road, dumping 50,000 pounds of salt per highway lane mile annually. With much of that salt running into nearby streams, lakes and drinking water, the consequences are significant: dead trees, damaged ecosystems, ruined private property, polluted home wells and even threats to human health. The nonprofit Fund for Lake George, alarmed by the damage to one of the state’s most treasured natural assets, calls excessive road salt use “the acid rain of our time.” But as reporting by the Adirondack Explorer found, New York officials have for years been indifferent to the extensive damage caused in no small part by the state’s behavior

December 18, 2020 | Article

WNYT: News Channel 13: Brine solution on roads helping to save money, environment

Warren County has started making their own salt brine to treat the roads. They say the liquid mix of salt and water is cheaper and more effective than rock salt. It's also better for the environment. The county purchased equipment to make their own brine, and they'll be able to provide it to towns and villages around the county that want to use it. Warren County Public Works Superintendent Kevin Hajos says brine uses less salt, so it's less expensive. He hopes one day to cut his $600,000 annual salt budget in half.

November 23, 2020 | Special Report

Special Message from The FUND and the LGA on our Harmful Algal Bloom Response

The recent discovery of the first confirmed Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) on the Queen of American Lakes demands increased coordination, closer collaboration and a science-based investigation to determine the cause, as well as to prioritize planned projects and to identify preventive actions.

November 11, 2020 | Special Report

The FUND launches Multi-faceted Rapid Response to Lake’s First Harmful Algal Bloom

The FUND for Lake George, with the immediate engagement of The Jefferson Project — The FUND’s environmental research collaboration with IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — has rapidly responded to the Lake’s first confirmed harmful algal bloom (HAB), discovered in Harris Bay on the northeast side of Assembly Point on Monday, Nov. 9. The multi-faceted mobilization will complement the investigation being conducted by the State Department of Environmental Conservation by focusing on identifying the physical, biological, and chemical factors responsible for the bloom, with the objective of informing actions required to head off and prevent future HABs.

September 24, 2020 | Press Release

New Private-Public Initiative Launched to Combat the Spread of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in the Lake George Watershed with Remote Sensing Technology and Boots on the Ground

LAKE GEORGE — With the troubling discovery of the first significant hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) infestation in the Lake George watershed, a consortium of private and public sector organizations has formed the Save Our Lake George Hemlocks Initiative with the goal of identifying future infestations sooner to limit the extent of the invasive species’ spread in the watershed and the larger region.

September 24, 2020 | Special Report

New invasives plan to keep watch from on high on Adirondack hemlock trees

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The first hemlock woolly adelgid was found in the Adirondacks in 2017. But after a second sighting was made on Lake George last month, the state DEC says the invasive species may have been harming Adirondack trees for around five years. Now, they and several conservation groups have created a long-term plan to fight back.

September 24, 2020 | Article

Satellites could help spot hemlock woolly adelgid on Lake George

The approximately 250-acres of sick hemlock trees on the eastern shore of Lake George were likely infected by the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid for five years or more, experts said Tuesday.The timeline is leading some to ask how to detect infected trees sooner, and the answer could be sky high.

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