Stormwater Runoff

  • Stormwater runoff is widely recognized as the biggest threat to the water quality of Lake George.
  • Stormwater runoff is widely recognized as the biggest threat to the water quality of Lake George.

The Biggest Threat to Water Quality Facing Lake George…

Stormwater runoff from developed lands is widely recognized as the biggest threat to the water quality of Lake George. It is generated from precipitation and snowmelt events where water flows over surfaces or into storm sewers. Development that replaces natural forests and other vegetative cover with hard impervious surfaces prevents infiltration into the ground and forces water to flow over land, accumulating contaminants as it makes its way to Lake George. For these reasons, it is commonly referred to as nonpoint source pollution that derives from diffuse sources on the land such as urban areas, land clearings, and excavating activities.   

Failure to adequately address stormwater impacts from development can result in an increased volume of flowing water that scours streams, causing erosion; increased nutrient concentrations that feed algae, reducing water clarity; and increased pollution from metals, pathogens and pesticides that degrade water quality. Over time, more development of the Lake George watershed will intensify the negative effects of runoff without proper controls. 

Stormwater in the Generation Ahead

Measures that curb the impacts of stormwater runoff from developed lands are vital to sustaining the Lake's water quality for the next generation, the goal of The FUND's Legacy StrategyLow Impact Development and Do It Yourself Water Quality are two of the programs underway that address this crucial issue and provide essential guidance for public and private interests alike. Learn more about these initiatives and how you can help by following the Related Program links at the top right.