The Lake George Association last week made good on its promise to explore all options for blocking the planned use of an aquatic herbicide on Lake George.
The nation’s oldest lake association – along with Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky, the Town of Hague and a shoreline resident – sued Thursday to stop the herbicide plan. In its petition, the association took aim at the process that led to permit approvals by the Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency, arguing the agencies failed to consider important concerns raised by the public. The suit accuses the state agencies of “behind the scenes decision-making” to rush the plan to approval.
Lake George Park Commission head Dave Wick, though, has said the agency thoroughly vetted the herbicide, which has been used widely in other parts of the northeast.
As the case moves through the court process, it may well delay any application of the herbicide long enough to push the plan until at least next year. (If the park commission does not apply the herbicide in June, it has to wait.)
In other news, I recommend this Associated Press story from earlier this month about high hazard dams across the country. As state agencies across the country increase oversight and review of the risky dams – many 100 years or older – more are being defined under the highest-risk classification.
I’ve started to examine the many dams located in the Adirondack Park and am finding a number of places where needed repairs are inching forward – albeit slowly. Please share any tips or thoughts you might have about dams in the park.
Next week, I’m heading to Burlington for the Lake Champlain Research Conference and will try my best to keep up with scientists. Drop me a note if you are going to be there.
APA grants the sixth solar permit in Ticonderoga in the past three years.
Photo: Lake George as seen from Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Zachary Matson.
Editor’s note: This first appeared in Zach’s weekly “Water Line” newsletter. Click here to sign up.