Town public works employees work on planting native plants in their new rain beside their office building on Gage Hill Road. The project, undertaken with the aim of minimizing problematical stormwater runoff, was praised this week by local environmental groups.
In an effort to do their part in protecting the environment, the Town of Lake George public works employees have installed a garden to catch roof runoff from their office building off Gage Hill Road.
The garden is designed to reducing potentially problematical stormwater runoff from the town Department of Public Works yard, according to representatives of the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board who partnered with the DPW employees on the project.
Beth Gilles of the regional planning board said that the town DPW is the first entity in the region among public works agencies to embrace this kind of green infrastructure.
“The Town of Lake George DPW should be applauded for their role in reducing stormwater pollution in the Lake George watershed,” she said.
New gutters on the roof of the town DPW building direct the runoff below into the garden, where it is either taken up by the plants or infiltrated back into the ground. The garden features native plants, including those that promote local bird and butterfly habitat, Gilles said.
Also, two strategically planted trees will grow to shade the building, ultimately reducing power usage for cooling in the summer, Gilles said, crediting the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District employees and members of the Lake George Association for not only helping with the plantings, but taking earlier action to reduce runoff into Lake George.
The two agencies collaborated last year on designing and installing extensive stormwater collection, pretreatment and infiltration systems along West Brook at the south end of Lake George.