Lake George Will Take More Than a Village

Times Union

You might not realize it from Lake George's popularity and beauty, but under it all is a tiny village, population just about 900.

Hanging over the village is a bill it can't possibly afford — about $22 million — for a new sewage plant. The old one, built in the 1930s, is sending unacceptable levels of nitrates into the lake, fueling an increase in algae and threatening Lake George's clear waters.

The state in 2017 said it would put up some of the money — $4.2 million — but that's far from enough. And every year this doesn't get done, the threat of a disastrous algae bloom grows, and so does the price tag for a village that has said it can't afford more than $10 million for a new plant.

New York state has an obligation to help protect a lake that's both a natural treasure and one of jewels of the state's tourism industry. Surely a state that not long ago was eager to use clean water funds — improperly, the federal government ruled —to help pay for a new Tappan Zee Bridge can put its environmental funding to good and proper use now on Lake George.

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