Thursday, January 12, 2023

ADK receives grant to protect Heart Lake water quality 

Heart Lake from the Adirondack Loj in North Elba, NY.

Lake Placid, NY — ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) has been awarded a $80,709 Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) grant for septic system replacements at the Adirondak Loj.

Hosting the busiest trailhead in New York State, the Adirondak Loj is an important focal point for over 100,000 annual visitors as they come to experience the Heart Lake Program Center and explore the surrounding High Peaks Wilderness. For over 90 years, ADK has provided overnight accommodations, information, and other services at the Loj that have helped create a welcoming experience for visitors to the Adirondack Park.

Central to the Adirondak Loj and the experience offered there is Heart Lake, a pristine waterbody that feeds into the Ausable River watershed and, eventually, the Lake Champlain basin. Protecting Heart Lake has been a high priority for ADK since it began running the Loj in 1931.

“ADK has helped generations of outdoor recreators have safe and responsible outdoor experiences through the Adirondak Loj. Ensuring that we have a modern and functional septic system is key to ensuring that we can continue to offer these public services while protecting the water quality of Heart Lake,” said Michael Barrett, ADK Executive Director. “We thank the Lake Champlain Basin Program for recognizing the importance of this location by providing funding that will allow us to continue protecting it for generations to come.”

Learn more about the Adirondak Loj at

About ADK:

Based out of the Adirondack Park in New York State, ADK is a leader in providing outdoor education, promoting responsible recreation, and organizing stewardship experiences. Since 1922, the organization has worked to increase access to the backcountry by building trails, conserving natural areas, and developing a stewardship community that supports the ethical and safe use of New York’s outdoor spaces. A member, donor, and volunteer-supported organization, ADK reaches across New York through its 27 chapters to inspire people to enjoy the outdoors ethically.


Photo at top: Heart Lake from the Adirondack Loj in North Elba, NY. Wikimedia Commons photo.

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One Response

  1. Raymond P. Budnick says:

    Why would the ADK Lodge setting on top of a huge 6 million acre cobble and sand soil require a large grant to redo their septic?
    The sand that exists everywhere in the upland plateau is the preferred percolation medium for septics.
    Dig a new trench, drop the pipe at grade then drop the huge settling tank. Disperse the outflow over a new subsurface area and your good for another 50 years or so.

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