Wastewater flows into Lake George from outdated septic systems and sewage treatment plants during heavy rains.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!
Read below to learn more about our work to keep wastewater where it belongs, out of Lake George. You can also review our reports from studies.
In March, 2017, The FUND held the first ever Septic Summit to highlight the impact that almost 6,000 septic systems can have in the Lake George watershed. You can review the presentations below, including Corrina Parnapy, of the Winooski Natural Resources District, talking about identifying inadequate systems through algae sampling. Important design and technical information is provided throughout the Summit but George Heufelder states that time dosing and volume rate control might be the most effective design measure to maximize treatment. Systems that provide high treatment efficiency can be designed and installed in a cost effective manner as demonstrated in the Eljen and Anua presentations. We must face this challenge together. Ask us for help in keeping Lake George clean and clear.
2017 Septic Summit Presentations
“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
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
Septic Systems - Making the Best Using What You Have
Town of Lake George Septic Initiative Program
Zoeller Clarus History
Darren Meyers, P.E.
Puraflow and Other Systems From Anua
Septic Systems: The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown
The West Firm
Otsego Lake Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Management Program
Win McIntyre, Watershed Coordinator
North Queensbury Wastewater Disposal District No. 1 (Dunhams Bay)
Alan Wrigley & Barbara Simms, Dunhams Bay Advisory Committee