Local residents are being asked to take an active role in protecting Lake George. A Water Quality Awareness Committee is being formed in Ticonderoga. The panels, which are being formed in communities bordering the lake, work with the FUND for Lake George and the Lake George Waterkeeper program.
Local residents are being asked to take an active role in protecting Lake George.
A Water Quality Awareness Committee is being formed in Ticonderoga. The panels, which are being formed in communities bordering the lake, work with the FUND for Lake George and the Lake George Waterkeeper program.
“Through this outreach program, The FUND is looking to form a circle of protection around the lake by engaging each lake front community in its protection through education and other initiatives that would change behaviors that have an adverse affect on the lake,” Chattie Van Wert, a Ticonderoga town board member and executive director of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, said.
“I am looking for involvement, or names of people who might be willing to be involved in forming and/or participating in a committee here in Ticonderoga,” she said. “Lake George is vital to our quality of life at so many levels from drinking water to recreation and tourism, so I encourage each person to consider becoming involved or suggesting someone who might be willing to help.”
A Water Quality Awareness Committee formed last year in Hague.
“These committees have formed and are forming in communities all around the lake,” Ginger Kuenzel, a member of the Hague town board and the community’s WQAC, said. “They are definitely gaining momentum and raising awareness among residents and visitors of the need to protect Lake George. They provide information about what individuals can do to help protect the lake and how they can become more involved. Each individual awareness committee selects its own projects to focus on. We network with each other and share information and ideas.”
Based in Lake George village, the FUND for Lake George is a not-for-profit, privately-funded organization dedicated to the protection of Lake George and its surrounding communities.
The Lake George Waterkeeper program, a service of the FUND for Lake George, responds to all public inquiries and acts as an ombudsman on issues relating to Lake George and its watershed.
“Under the guidance of the FUND for Lake George and the Lake George Waterkeeper program, and formed of residents of geographical communities and associations around the lake, the Water Quality Awareness Committees will individually and collaboratively create a ring of protection around Lake George, and become community educators and powerful advocates for the protection and sustainability of the lake’s water quality,” according to a statement from the FUND for Lake George.
“WQACs are working in their own communities to identify and resolve direct threats to the water quality of Lake George, including but not limited to on site wastewater treatment systems, fertilizer and pesticide applications within the watershed, invasive species and from hardscapes and land use practices and protocols that contribute to damaging stormwater runoff,” the statement reads.
Kunzel said the Hague Water Quality Awareness Committee had success in 2013. It participated in the “Adirondack Lawn” sign program, which places a small sign on lawns of residents who have fertilizer- and pesticide-free lawns; gathered 300 signatures in support of passage of local laws to restrict the use of fertilizers and pesticides; issued press releases designed to raise awareness of lake issues; created a newsletter; and attended community events to raise awareness of Lake George.
Van Wert is hopeful a Ticonderoga committee can be formed.
“I offer the Downtown Gallery as a convenient and available meeting place for anyone interested in participating and would invite representatives from The FUND for Lake George and the Hague committee who could get us started in forming a group in Ticonderoga,” Van Wert said.
Interested people can contact Van Wert by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
People interested in the Hague Water Quality Awareness Committee can contact Al Rider, chairman, at email@example.com