Happy World Water Day (on March 22). This United Nations observance day was established in 1993 to celebrate water and raise awareness of the 2 billion people across the world living without access to safe drinking water. This year’s theme is a focus on groundwater: “Making the invisible visible.”
The world relies almost entirely on groundwater for drinking water supplies, sanitation systems, farming and other uses, according to the UN. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report emphasized concerns about the future of drinking water as warming trends and human development accelerate threats to water supplies.
I celebrated the morning of World Water Day by tuning in to the latest Lake George Park Commission meeting. In an update on the commission-proposed septic regulation, the commission’s staff attorney said they were getting close to sending draft regulation to Albany for approval before they would be out for public review. That could happen in the next few months. The proposal would be posted for 60 days prior to a public hearing, which could be held by late-summer or fall. The rules if approved – which would require regular septic inspections in sensitive areas – could go into place by next year.
On the invasive species front, you still have until April 2 to comment on a DEC proposal to enable construction and permanent placement of boat decontamination equipment at state campgrounds and day-use areas throughout the forest preserve. Supporters hope the change to the generic unit management plan will streamline efforts to outfit DEC locations with the important tools in fighting aquatic invasives.
Park advocates and state lawmakers are looking to fund a new climate institute in the Adirondacks in this year’s state budget. (More budget answers to come sometime soon.)
It takes a special kind of expertise to retrieve snowmobiles from the bottom of a frozen lake.
Photo by Zachary Matson.
Editor’s note: This first appeared in Zach’s weekly “Water Line” newsletter. Click here to sign up.