What and Why
1996, the New York State Departments of State and
Environmental Conservation have provided grants totaling
$2,500,000 through the Environmental Protection Fund for projects to improve Lake George’s water quality.
projects include the design of improvements along a number of stream corridors to reduce run-off entering the lake, an
outreach program to educate property owners on possible
The establishment of a long-term
strategy will assure that local governments, state agencies, and other organizations work
together to maximize the effectiveness of limited financial resources.
strategy should also improve the ability of local governments to access various funding sources for
How and When
Preparation of Planning for the Future has been financed through a $90,000 Environmental Protection Fund grant awarded by the New York State Department of State to the Town of Lake George, on behalf of all the municipalities along the lake. The grant was matched by an equal amount of local in-kind services.
of the strategy was overseen by a committee comprised of
representatives of the nine municipalities and three counties
along the lake (Village of Lake George, Towns of Lake George,
Bolton, Hague, Dresden, Putnam, Ticonderoga, Fort Ann, and
Queensbury; Warren, Washington, and Essex Counties);
Soil and Water Conservation Districts; the U.S. Department of
Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service; state
agencies, including the Departments of State, Environmental
Conservation, and Transportation, the Lake George Park
Commission, and the Adirondack Park Agency; and other
organizations committed to protection of the lake, including
the Lake George Association, the Fund for Lake George, the
Darrin Fresh Water Institute, the Lake George Basin Land
Conservancy, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Preparation of
this strategy has built on previous plans and efforts
undertaken for the lake, particularly “The Plan for the Future
of the Lake George Park”, completed in 1987. Many of the
recommendations contained in that plan have been accomplished.
The Planning for the Future initiative has evaluated the status of the recommendations set forth in
plan and identified the next generation of actions that need to
taken to protect and improve Lake George.
Copies of the Plan can be obtained by contacting the offices of the Lake George Watershed Coalition at the address indicated below.
The Lake George