Million Dollar Beach reopened again Saturday, June 24, after E.coli tested at a level safe for swimming, according to a DEC press release that also said if the levels rise again, signs will be posted at the beach letting swimmers know of a closure. Daily sampling of the water will continue.
The town, village, DEC and a number of other local organizations concerned with the lake water continue to try to identify a possible source of E.coli affecting the beach.
Patrick Dowd, director of communication for the Lake George Association, said the agencies have had some success eliminating potential sources. For instance, dye-testing was completed on some of the main lines on the east side of the lake on Beedy Road, Rose Point Lane and Front Street. The town and village also used a closed circuit camera to rule out breaks and cracks in storm and sanitary lines and approved a contract to continue the testing of more lines.
Still, Dowd said, no single source has been identified.
“It’s frustrating not to have an answer,” he said.
“DEC, the town and village of Lake George, and the Lake George Association are working diligently to identify and eliminate the source of E.coli found in the waters at the beach. DEC’s investigation includes extensive sampling to track down potential sources of bacteria, and the agency will be working with state and local officials as necessary to quickly implement actions to identify and terminate any continuing pathogen contamination. Sampling will be conducted on a daily basis to ensure the safety of the swimming area,” the DEC press release stated.
Photo of Lake George Village from Prospect Mountain courtesy Diane Chase of Adirondack Family Time.