Stormwater Controls Sought Near Lake

Thom Randall
The Lake George Mirror

Beatty Road, a residential street near the head of Lake George, prompted a lengthy discussion at the Town of Lake George’s September 11 board meeting.
Mary Lou Vosburgh, a landowner on Beatty Road, said that the road was not being maintained by the town, despite the recent confirmation that it was indeed a municipal roadway. She said it was virtually impassible after rain storms due to its recurring deep gullies and potholes.

Drivers have to dodge left and right,” she said. “It’s very frustrating.”

She and other Beatty Road residents suggested that drainage ditches and stormwater drywells be constructed to redirect and dispose of the wastewater that otherwise would run into Lake George.

The owner of a residence at 32 Beatty Road said that stormwater had flooded his camp’s substructure, rotting his joists. He added that when weather was favorable, Beatty Road residents had another problem — traffic stirring up road dust.

When it’s not raining, we get a deluge of dust — it gets on my furniture, my floors and in my food,” he said. “I’m hoping something can be done about it.”

Board member Marisa Muratori said that according to Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky, the road dirt was compacted over the years to be nearly impervious, and that pavemnment, accompanied by stormwater control devices, might be the best option. Crocitto noted that paving the road would likely encroach on people’s compact front yards along the roadway. 

Paving is not that easy — it presents environmental and engineering issues,” he said.

Diamond Point resident Mike Seguljic warned that paved roads around the lake were reducing the landscape’s ability to absorb water, and were leading to flooding and lake pollution. 

Paved roads and areas are incrementally destroying the environment we all love,” he said.

Muratori said that grants were rare for stormwater infrastructure, but the board would be willing to discuss potential solutions with state officials and representatives of local environmental organizations.

“We'll absolutely need some stormwater infiltration structures on the road,” she said. 

Crocitto said the town would seek out grant money, and in the meantime, take action to dig drainage ditches or otherwise “stabilize” the road.

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