TICONDEROGA - The Lake George Association has received a $368,045 grant from the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation.
This is the 16th consecutive award from the Froehlich Foundation.
"We are pleased and honored that the trustees of the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation have so generously considered us for funding again this year," stated Walt Lender of Ticonderoga, the LGA executive director.
According to Lender, the funding provided by the Froehlich Foundation grant will be used as a local match to state and federal funding for several projects in the watershed.
"The funds in the grant award, leveraged with our members and donors generosity, put us in a strong position to receive significant funding from public sources. This strengthens and extends the LGA's ability to take on more projects to conserve Lake George for future generations," Lender said.
The LGA Floating Classroom program will receive $20,000 to help teach lake science and watershed management to area students. Over 1,000 area students benefit from the LGA education and outreach programs, which are provided free of charge through grants like the one provided by the Froehlich Foundation.
The LGA has received funding in this grant for three projects aimed at helping towns and property owners become better stewards for lake protection.
"The LGA has restructured its land use management program with a new vision aimed at assisting municipalities and homeowners," said Lender. "We are going to provide resources and information to towns and residents to employ innovative practices to protect Lake George."
As part of the revamped program, the LGA is using its own building and grounds to promote lake-friendly living ideas. LGA staff is also working with homeowners, businesses and landscapers to demonstrate the water quality benefits achieved from installing vegetative buffers, reducing lawn size, switching to low- or no-phosphorus fertilizer, using rain gardens to control stormwater runoff, composting, and using native plant species in landscaping.
The Froehlich Foundation has also provided funds necessary to continue and to expand the LGA water quality monitoring programs.
"The data collected from these monitors will help identify water quality trends and point out possible pollution hot spots that may require remediation," stated Emily DeBolt, LGA education and outreach coordinator.
DeBolt runs the volunteer monitoring programs for the LGA.
The 16 consecutive grant awards from the Froehlich Foundation represent over $5 million dollars worth of improvements to Lake George and the watershed.
"Our members' dollars go only so far in funding our efforts to protect Lake George," said Lender. "These funds will enable us to accomplish more projects on the ground and provide expanded programs around the lake."
The LGA is a not-for-profit membership organization of people interested in working together to protect, conserve, and improve the beauty and quality of the Lake George Basin. For more information, contact the LGA at 668-3558 or check out LGA on the web at www.lakegeorgeassociation.org