A storm water run off project will be completed in Schroon Lake hamlet this fall. Supervisor Mike Marnell expects work to begin after Labor Day on the project, which will collect and treat storm water before it reaches Schroon Lake.
A storm water run off project will be completed in Schroon Lake hamlet this fall.
Supervisor Mike Marnell expects work to begin after Labor Day on the project, which will collect and treat storm water before it reaches Schroon Lake.
“We’ll start the day after Labor day,” Marnell said. “It’s something that needs to be done.”
Mark Granger, president of the Schroon Lake Association, agrees. He said storm water run off from the hamlet now goes directly into the lake, carrying pollutants.
“Did you know that all the storm drains on Main Street from the Strand to the bridge and down Dock Street all run right into Schroon Lake?,” Granger said. “All that goes into the lake, including salt used on the streets. Storm water runoff is a huge problem in Schroon.”
The project will be funded by a $230,000 state grant based on the Schroon Lake master plan written in 2009-10, Granger said.
The Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District will lead the project. The town of Schroon will provide in-kind services such as manpower, equipment and supplies, Marnell said.
Marnell said the project will create a storm water collection system in the hamlet leading to a filtration bed at the town boat launch on Dock Street. The storm water will be treated there and released into the lake.
The filtration bed will be constructed under the parking lot at the boat launch, Marnell said, making it unobtrusive.
Since Schroon Lake is bordered by two counties — Essex and Warren — as well as three towns — Schroon, Horicon and Chester — the project involves a number of agencies. A steering committee with representatives of various groups are working on the project.
“We are working along with ESSLA (East Shore Schroon Lake Association), town and county officials to kick start this project now that the money has been released by the Secretary of State,” Granger said. “Paul Conolly and Eric Cordis are our (SLA) representatives on the steering committee and Roger Friedman and Don Sage are the (Schroon) town representatives.”
Preserving Schroon Lake’s water quality is a priority for the Schroon Lake Association. The SLA works with Steve LaMere, the lake manager, and volunteers to monitor the lake.
“We are funding continuing water quality sampling for the entirety of the lake. Keeping track of contaminants and bacteria is critical to our lake’s health,” Granger said. “Our volunteers, led by Chuck Harste, work with Steve LaMere and CSLAP to do multiple samplings every year.“
CSLAP is the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program, a volunteer lake monitoring and education program that is managed by state Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Federation of Lake Associations.
Granger said a comprehensive report looking at Schroon Lake water quality the past five years in now being prepared. The report, when completed, will be available on the SLA website, www.schroonlakeassociation.com
“The results are good so far, but merit vigilance, as phosphates and salt are rising in some areas,” he said.
Schroon Lake is a 4,126 acre lake and its watershed area is part of the Hudson River drainage system.