Posts Tagged ‘Lake George’

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Adirondack-area nonprofits welcome new hires and appointments

Several nonprofit organizations, including the Ausable River Association’s Ausable Freshwater Center/ Colgate University Upstate Institute, the Tannery Pond Center, and Silver Bay YMCA have recently announced new staff and board appointments. See below roundup for details about these developments. 

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Friday, July 5, 2024

Lake George Celebrates Charles R. Wood Day/65th Anniversary of Gaslight Village, July 12

Lake George's Gaslight Village magnet

Lake George, NY – The community of Lake George is proud to announce a special celebration honoring Charles R. Wood, the visionary known as the father of the American theme park, on July 12. This event marks the 65th anniversary of the iconic Gaslight Village, a cherished part of Lake George’s history. The community celebration will be held at Charles R. Wood Park / Festival Commons, beginning at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Article XIV places a duty of restraint on using herbicide in Lake George

Lake George from Deer Leap, Tongue Mtn range.

In a recent Times Union opinion, former Governor George Pataki appealed to current Governor Kathy Hochul to block the state’s immediate plan to apply the herbicide ProcellaCOR to kill Eurasian watermilfoil in Lake George.

The stakes of using herbicide in Lake George is too high, Pataki wrote. The former governor used words to characterize Lake George as the public’s “priceless gem,” “ecological gem” and “priceless inheritance,” all at risk if the herbicide, on a non-emergency basis, is allowed to be used as an experiment.

Our former governor makes important points. Pataki rightfully views Lake George as a preeminent symbol of the values undergirding New York’s 150-year-old fight to slow if not halt the exploitation of New York’s woods, waters, and wildlife.  Pataki was and remains a Republican who believes in safeguarding our environment – and who acted on that belief while in office. The 1996 environmental bond act and approximately one million acres protected statewide during his dozen years as governor speak to that.

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Sunday, June 23, 2024

In wake of ProcellaCOR pilot approval, Lake George Association fights to keep lake chemical-free

Not 1 Drop yard sign

See below for a letter of concern written by Lake George Association Interim Executive Director Leigh Youngblood. Letter dated, June 21.

“Dear fellow Lake Protectors —

As you may have heard, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) voted yesterday to approve the Lake George Park Commission’s permits to experiment with the aquatic herbicide ProcellaCOR in Lake George. We are baffled but not surprised by this.

Three New York State environmental agencies have consistently and willfully dismissed the objections of thousands of residents and visitors and public officials who have made it clear that Lake George is no place to test chemicals. It is not wanted, and it is not needed.

Since 2022, the Lake George Association and the Lake George Waterkeeper have invested in preventing the application of ProcellaCOR. We do not intend to stop now. Indeed, we are more determined and more convinced that no one knows enough about this herbicide to say with certainty that it will not harm the Lake or those who use it.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Temperatures rise, and so does Lake George’s debate around ProcellaCOR

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The air isn’t the only thing heating up in the Adirondacks this week. The Adirondack Park Agency will be voting tomorrow on whether to issue a new permit to the Lake George Park Commission for the use of an herbicide that targets invasive watermilfoil. (There are other water bodies up for permits as well.) In Lake George, the debate around ProcellaCOR has intensified in recent weeks.

We published a pair of stories yesterday on the Explorer’s website. Both are from Zachary Matson, our water reporter, who has been closely following this issue. (Check out this overview on what ProcellaCOR is and how it works on milfoil to get up to speed.)

In one article, Zach speaks with property owners in the two bays slated for a “test” of ProcellaCOR, and they are against the idea of using a chemical in the lake.

The other article is a Q&A with Lake George Park Commission’s Executive Director Dave Wick, who addresses the concerns and defends his agency’s plan.

What’s your take on this issue? Leave your comments below. And to stay connected to this issue and all of Zach’s reporting on water quality issues in the Adirondacks, sign up for his weekly “Water Line” newsletter.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Lake George Association’s Lake Protector Summit set for June 14

Lake George

Lake George, NY – Everyone who cares about Lake George is invited to learn how to participate in protecting the Lake at the Lake George Association’s second annual Lake Protector Summit on Friday, June 14, from 8:30-12:30 a.m. at Camp Chingachgook, 1872 Pilot Knob Road, Kattskill Bay. The event will be lived streamed via YouTube for those who would like to participate remotely. Registration for this free event is now open at https://lakegeorgeassociation.org/lake-protector-summit.

Entitled “Investing for Impact,” the Summit will focus on significant threats to Lake George water quality, what the LGA and other local organizations are doing to help, and actions the community can take to protect the Lake.

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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Lake George Land Conservancy Receives $27,600 for Organizational Support

Lake George

Bolton Landing, NY –  The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been awarded a grant of $27,600 from this year’s New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) to help further its mission to protect the land that protects Lake George.

Grant funds will be used to strengthen the LGLC’s donor and land database systems, and provide additional technology, field equipment, and services to keep the organization working efficiently and effectively into the future.

The need for robust management tools comes at a time when the LGLC is managing a record number of land conservation projects throughout the Lake George watershed, as well as continuing to provide safe recreational resources and quality educational and outreach programming to residents, landowners, and visitors, year-round.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Wiawaka Center for Women: A rich, historic gem along Lake George

A few days ago, the Ethel Gathering Group (a group of women who meet for lunch and other activities) posted on Facebook that Wiawaka needed volunteers for spring cleanup in anticipation of opening for the season.
This caught my attention because I remembered that last year Lake George’s Minne-Ha-Ha captain pulled close to shore and specifically pointed out Wiawaka, briefly explaining that it’s a center for women.

After reading the Facebook post, I checked the center’s website. When I saw that one of this summer’s events will be about Katrina Trask, I knew I had to visit. A few years ago, I was able to take a 3-hour, in depth tour of the very private Yaddo where we heard about Katrina’s amazing (and tragic) life.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

A dam project turns 100

The E.J. West powerhouse

Taming wild rivers

One hundred years ago today, a relatively new state agency voted to impound the Sacandaga River to “regulate” river flows downstream of the Adirondack Park. The Hudson River Regulating District formed in 1919 in the wake of damaging floods along the Hudson River. One of its early tasks: approving a measure ordering construction of the Conklingville Dam.

Construction of the dam began in 1927 and completed in March 1930, creating the state’s largest reservoir (which impacted numerous communities and properties) and controlling the volume of water flowing from the Sacandaga River downstream to the Hudson and points south.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Lake George Association disagrees with Appellate Court decision concerning ProcellaCOR use

The Lake George Land Trust received over $4 million in state grants this month to protect land in the Lake George watershed. Photo by Zachary Matson

Lake George Association asks why state agencies are unwilling to subject their scientific evidence to rigorous, independent review 

Lake George, NY — The Lake George Association (LGA) respectfully disagrees with the decision the Appellate Division issued yesterday, May 2, and is disappointed that the judges simply deferred to the judgment of the New York State agencies that are advocating for the first-ever use of a pesticide in Lake George. The LGA will be requesting leave to appeal to the New York  Court of Appeals. 

Although this decision affects the 2022 permit applications, it does not affect the new applications that are pending before the agencies, and the LGA respectfully encourages the  agencies to review the important new information that has been brought to light before any  permits are issued to apply ProcellaCOR in Lake George. 

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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Historian Michael Barrett to present on Peter Gansevoort April 27 in Lake George

General Gansevoort's burial site at Albany Rural Cemetery

Lake George, NY – Local Revolutionary War hero General Peter Gansevoort, who commanded Fort George at Lake George during the crucial year of 1776 and led a successful defense of Fort Stanwix in central New York the following year to help pave the way for the Continental Army’s ultimate defeat of General Burgoyne at Saratoga, will be the subject of the presentation “Peter Gansevoort: A Hero and His Legacy,” on Saturday, April 27 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Lake George, beginning at 11 a.m.

The featured speaker will be historian Michael P. Barrett, Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Albany Rural Cemetery, where General Gansevoort is buried. The program is sponsored by the Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance and is free to the public. Attendees are asked to register prior the event at info@lakegeorgebattlefield.org with the number of seats needed.

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Lake George Association receives grant for Floating Classroom, Stream Education program

Lake George, NY — The Lake George Association (LGA) received a $5,000 grant from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund for operational costs of the LGA’s Floating Classroom. This is the first grant awarded to the LGA from the Outdoor Fund, which aims to connect new audiences to the outdoors. American children spend three times as many hours in front of screens as they do outdoors, says the 501(c)(3) charity, which seeks to introduce a new generation to the wonders of the natural world.

The Floating Classroom is an ideal platform for that. Established in 1991, the spring-through-fall program educates approximately 1,700 students (grades 3–12) and 400 adults every year about freshwater protection.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Herbicide season

Eurasian watermilfoil

Fighting invasive milfoil

The planned use of the herbicide ProcellaCOR in the region’s long fight against invasive Eurasian watermilfoil continues to grow as lake communities across the park seek permission to use the product this spring.

The Adirondack Park Agency board at its meeting next week will be considering a permit application from the Brant Lake Association to use the herbicide to treat its worst milfoil beds later this spring.

John Dunn, the lake association president, told me the goal is that the herbicide can rein in the lake’s worst infestations, leaving sparser areas for dive teams to harvest by hand.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Registration Open for 12th Annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon

A group of hikers at the 2023 Lake George Hike-A-Thon

Bolton Landing, NY – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has opened registration for its popular Lake George Hike-A-Thon. This free event is open to the public, and all who register in the month of March can receive a free event t-shirt. The Hike-A-Thon is a free, watershed-wide event that is expected to include more than 700 hikers, paddlers, boaters, and volunteers in an organized morning of outdoor recreation. This year’s event includes more than 20 land and water sites all around Lake George. The variety of hiking sites include options ranging from very challenging to short, beginner hikes.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Rattlesnake Hunters of Lake George

Timber rattlesnake illustration

Two creatures that most people go out of their way to avoid are poisonous spiders and venomous snakes. While such spiders are uncommon in Warren County, there are snakes in our area with a lethal bite. Since before early settlers came to the area timber rattlesnakes have inhabited certain spots along the rocky slopes of Lake George. For generations, they were considered creatures that were best eliminated, and it was only forty years ago that rattlesnakes in New York were designated a threatened species and protected by law. For over one hundred years before this law was enacted a bounty hung over the head of every rattlesnake in Warren County, and for a few brave souls, seeking out this dangerous prey became a lucrative occupation.

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