Nutrient Loading

Keeping Nutrient Levels in Check

Excessive nutrient loading is a threat to water quality whenever there is development of a watershed, but the effects so far on Lake George have been muted and closely monitored. However, more sensitive indicators are being evaluated to accurately assess the threat. Phosphates and nitrogen compounds from fertilizers, stormwater runoff and sewage outfalls likely follow similar patterns of Lake entry and distribution as salt. Many of these compounds enter in the more densely populated south and are then dispersed throughout the rest of the Lake.  Studies are being undertaken to determine whether suspected increases in near shore algal blooms are, in fact, occurring as a means of detecting increased nutrient loading.  

The FUND offers a free algae analysis service for local residents and landowners.

Clear Understanding for Clear & Clean Water

Sustaining the water quality of Lake George for the next generation is the driving goal of our Legacy Strategy. The Strategy is establishing a new generation of science guided programs designed to maintain Lake health.  In addition, the Do-It-Yourself Water Quality guide contains multiple stormwater mitigation techniques, including installation of rain gardens and other natural buffers, that can dramatically reduce the volume of nutrients and contaminants entering Lake George. The Lake George Waterkeeper's Low Impact Development program formalizes this approach by offering a proven system that works with a building site's natural features to limit negative effects and protect water quality.