Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lake-Friendly Living Open House on Saturday

The Lake George Association will offer a Lake-friendly Living Open House on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Lake George Association office at 2392 State Rt. 9N in Lake George. The open house is free.

Product representatives and installers will be available to share ideas for living green, including: permeable patios and driveways, alternative septic systems for tough spaces, rain gardens, shoreline buffers, native plants, wooden deck stains, green motorboat oil, environmentally friendly cleaning products, stormwater solutions,  geo-thermal heating and cooling, and lake-friendly landscaping.

Educational staff from the LGA, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Lake George Lake Champlain Regional Planning Board (LGLCRPB) will provide information about lake-friendly lawn care, septic system maintenance, and more. Native plants and Eco-lawn seed will be available for sale.

Children can experiment with the LGLCRPB’s EM River Model, a large model that simulates river processes with remarkable accuracy. Used by river scientists, educational professionals and researchers, the Em model demonstrates basic principles of river behavior, subtle channel morphology, and sediment transport processes.

Representatives from the following companies and organizations are expected: Adirondack Landscaping, Cornell Cooperative Extension, DeFranco Landscaping, Fiddlehead Creek Nursery, Green Conscious Home & Garden, Green Planet Products, Gould’s Landscaping, Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board, North Country Landscaping, Puraflo Alternative Septic Systems, Saratoga Organics, Smart Energy Geo-thermal, The Sweeney Company.

“The LGA has just installed a new demonstration garden featuring native plants and eco-lawn seed,” said Emily Debolt, LGA director of education. “We invite everyone to come take a look at our new gardens, as well as the demonstration patches we have on site of permeable asphalt and interlocking pavers, and our geothermal heating and cooling system.”

For more information about the open house, how to create lake-friendly landscapes, or to receive on-site technical support, the public can contact the LGA at 518-668-3558. In addition, the LGA’s new website has extensive information on the topic. Visit and search on “lake-friendly living.”

Photo: Replacing impermeable asphalt with permeable pavers, like those pictured above on the property of LGA members Mike and Kathy Dier, can significantly reduce stormwater runoff problems on steep sites, while enhancing the aesthetics of any landscaping project.

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