On behalf of all who care about the future of Lake George, we thank the Times Union Editorial Board for calling attention to the urgent need for state funding to help replace the failing wastewater treatment plant at Lake George Village (“Lake George will take more than a village,” March 24).
We commend Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature for the state's investments in clean water infrastructure and other initiatives to safeguard Lake George. These investments affirm the lake's unique importance and our shared obligation to protect it.
Lake George Village is in a bind, facing a state consent order to have a new plant built by 2021 but a cost that threatens to bankrupt the small community of 955 permanent residents. The $6 million the village needs to make its borrowing costs manageable is a small price to pay to protect the water quality of one of New York's signature natural resources.
Failure to act now threatens to delay the critical work of getting a new plant online as soon as possible. Meanwhile, as a failing treatment plant continues dumping nitrates into Lake George, the risk of a toxic algal bloom will keep intensifying. As the editorial points out, a toxic bloom would be disastrous — to the lake and our economy.
State funding to help the village is an investment in our future. As Teddy Roosevelt wisely observed, the economy and environment are two sides of the same coin. Here, Lake George is our common currency. It will either accrue or decline in value depending on the actions we take.
The FUND For Lake George
President, EDC Warren County; member, The FUND for Lake George Council of Business Advisors
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