This week on Adirondack Explorer’s website, we published an article about Lake George’s plans to create a wide-reaching septic inspection program.
From the article, by Zachary Matson:
There are over 6,000 septic systems within the Lake George Park boundaries, the primary waste-disposal system on nearly 70 percent of occupied parcels within the park. More than 3,400 fall within 500 feet of the lake or 100 feet of a stream that feeds the lake.
A committee tasked with developing an inspection program has started to coalesce around details that include a $50 annual fee for a once-every-five-years inspection requirement. Officials are still months away from adopting the new regulation that could serve as a model beyond Lake George.
Septic systems scattered throughout the Adirondack Park – near countless lakes, ponds, streams and rivers – could pose a much broader threat to water quality and public health. And advocates with an Adirondack-wide interest in water issues hope a new Lake George septic program could inform programs around the Adirondacks.
We want to hear from you: Is your home one of the ones impacted by these proposed changes? What do you think of septic inspection programs such as this?
Lake George photo/Almanack archive