Wastewater flows into Lake George from outdated septic systems and sewage treatment plants during heavy rains. It threatens our water clarity with nutrient loading, encourages invasive species, and results in toxic algae blooms. We're working hard to keep wastewater out of Lake George. You can too. Make sure your septic system isn't contributing to the problem. Have questions? Contact your Waterkeeper!
Our 2017 Septic Summit shared solutions to keep Lake George clean and clear. Here are the presentations from the summit. Videos are coming soon. Let us know if you'd like an update when they're published.
“The order and content of the speakers was awesome. The speakers were all engaging and presented relevant information, especially the seasonal occupancy issues on Lake George.” - Consulting Engineer
- Septic Summit Introduction, and welcoming remarks.
- An Overview of NYC's Source Water Protection Program & Septic Strategies. David Warne, Assistant Commissioner, NYCDEP.
- Pharmaceuticals, Artificial Sweeteners, and Other Emerging Contaminants as Indicators of Septic System Impact. Laurel Schaider, PhD, Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute.
- Algae Biomonitoring and Organic Pollution. Corrina Parnapy. Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District.
- Project & Research. George Heufelder, M.S.,R.S. Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment. Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center.
- Town of Lake George Septic Initiative Program
- Zoeller Clarus History. Darren Meyers, P.E. Clarus Fusion Treatment. Clarus (video)
- Eljen Geotextile Sand Filter Overview
- Septic Systems: The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown. The West Firm.
- Otsego Lake Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Management Program. Win McIntyre, Watershed Coordinator.