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June 3, 2021 | Special Report

NYS Offers Matching Grants for Septic System Replacements

New York State recently launched a new program that provides grants of up to 50% ($10,000 max) of the cost of septic system replacements for eligible property owners in the Lake George Basin. The FUND for Lake George is also proud to partner with Glens Falls National Bank and Adirondack Trust Company to offer no-interest or low-interest loans for system replacements and repairs as part of the Lake George Safe Septic Systems Program.

March 16, 2021 | Press Release

What to do about harmful algal blooms?

During a stretch of unusually warm weather and calm water last fall, a pair of algal blooms appeared on famously pristine Lake George. The blooms were the first documented harmful “algae” or cyanobacteria outbreaks on the lake, and they’ve raised urgent questions about whether state officials are doing enough to keep pollution out of the lake. In theory, Lake George should be among the most protected in the country. To describe Lake George is to invite cliché. Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying it was, “without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw.” Today’s devotees call the summer vacation spot “the Queen of American Lakes.”

March 16, 2021 | Press Release

The Chronicle: LGA & FUND to merge

Citing the arrival of such threats as Harmful Algal Blooms and the tree-killing Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, the Lake George Association and the FUND for Lake George said they will merge into a single entity that will keep the LGA name.

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

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