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The Chronicle's special supplement for the Lake George Association's 125th Anniversary.

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  • Started in 1885, LGA is nations oldest lake pro-tection group Sixteen fi shermen formed the Lake George Association in 1885. Their early mis-sion: Protect the fi sh! says LGA communications direc-tor Lynne Rosenthal. Their later mission: Protect the water where the fi sh swim! We are the oldest lake group in the U.S. and the second old-est environmental organization behind only the Audubon Soci-ety, says outgoing president

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    Walt Lender has been the Lake George As-sociations executive director since 2005.

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    A Chronicle Special Section: Lake George Associations

    125th Anniversary!

    Emphasis now: Stormwater & educationBy Cathy DeDeChronicle Managing Editor Our ultimate goal is for people to understand the lake and know what to do, says Lake George Association exec-utive direc-tor Walt Lender. Our two major thrusts are stormwater projects and education outreach. Storm-water has proven to be the largest contributorto a lakeswater quali-ty degradation. It brings pesti-cides, pollutants, nutrients and sediment, which lead to the

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    The LGAs Floating Classroomprovides thousands of area stu-dents as well as other adults and children hands-on experience doing water quality research, here led by LGA watershed edu-cator Kristen Rohne.

    125th annual meeting Aug. 20 The Lake George Association will convene for its 125th an-nual meeting on Friday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Lake George Club in Bolton. The public is invited.

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  • Map maker & project steward, Randy Rath Were trying to put little Band-Aids here and there on Lake George, says Randy Rath, LGA project manager/geo-graphic information systems manager. The West Brook project [on the former Gaslight Village property] West Brook is the big Band-Aid. Mr. Rath serves two functions for the Lake George Association: Creating maps of Lake George and its watershed area, and overseeing the LGAs many projects by working with government agencies (including the Adirondack Park Agency, Department of Environmental Conserva-tion, the Army Corps of Engineers), and local municipalities, partner organiza-tions (such as Warren County Soil and Water) and property owners. Sometimes it can be very frustrating, but other times its rewarding, Mr. Rath says. The pretty things you see on my wall, these maps doing those is few and far between. Most of the time, Im do-ing the paperwork to get the permits we need for projects. Mr. Rath, who helps organize and com-petes in the annual Lake George Triath-lon, worked for the LGA briefl y in 1999 when he was pursing his PhD in geog-raphy and climate change. He signed on permanently in 2001. I work with agencies so the project satisfi es everyone and also benefi ts the lake and the area. Its not always easy to do. Our relationships have gotten better with working with each other. The key, Mr. Rath says, is minimizing stormwater runoff and sediment buildup in Lake George. Upland issues accumulate on the way down. A small problem at the top of the watershed can become a big problem down towards the lake. You cant blame the homeowners along the lake everybody in the basin needs to participate. Were all in it togeth-er. Sometimes its challenging, but if the lake goes bad, everything goes bad.

    Mitigate, not quash development Mr. Rath warns, Once you build up a watershed to where 10 percent of the land is developed, it has a negative effect on water quality, potentially changing the dynamic of the whole water cycle.

    Consider the difference of 10 percent of runoff entering the lake, versus 50 per-cent runoff, he says. That runoff is col-lecting oil, sediment, debris, anything on the roads. This can affect the tempera-ture of the water, too. The LGAs goal, Mr. Rath says, is to work with property owners to mitigate the impact of development on stormwater runoff. One large map on his offi ce wall, created in 2002, melds data derived from sources such as satellite imagery, eleva-tion measurements, runoff routes and distance from the water to identify key hot spots of the watershed. He says, A lot of people worried, the map would be used to tell us what to do. Our goal is to use it as a tool, especially with the municipalities. If theres a de-velopment coming in, and the site is an identifi ed hot spot, thats something to be aware of in the planning process. To that end, Mr. Rath says he often works closely with LGA educator Emily deBolt on helping property owners and municipalities incorporate new technolo-gies. An example is dry well catch basins, which fi lter stormwater runoff from per-forated sides as well as the bottom, so runoff is fi ltered back into the ground, recharging the water table, rather than getting captured at the bottom of sedi-ment-clogged traditional catch basins. Weve been doing that project a little at a time for the last three years, Mr. Rath says, and 28 such catch basins have been installed in Lake George Village alone.

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    Randy Rath, on-site at the Gage Brook Reservoir cleanup.

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  • West BrookInitiative at oldGaslight seen as best chance to clean LG water By David CederstromChronicle News Editor The 3 Es and the 3 Ms have com-bined on the West Brook Initiative that offers the greatest potential for improve-ment of water quality in Lake George that weve seen, says Walt Lender, executive director of the Lake George Association. The 3 Es are environmental groups the Lake George Association, the FUND for Lake George and the Lake George Land Conservancy. The 3 Ms are munici-palities War-ren County and the Village and Town of Lake George. The site is a 12-acre prop-erty in Lake George Village formerly owned by the late Charles Wood, where he oper-ated Gaslight Village and other business-es. In early September, demolition is ex-pected of the old Charleys Saloon build-ing on the south side of West Brook Road. A wetland then will be re-created to con-trol and fi lter stormwater runoff from Route 9 before it reaches Lake George. Runoff from Route 9 & the Northway

    The Route 9 runoff actually includes runoff from the Adirondack Northway and numerous buildings and parking lots. Its the single largest source of pol-lution in Lake George, said Peter Bauer, executive director of the FUND For Lake George. Also planned are a park and infi ltra-tion meadow on the north side of West Brook Road (the former Gaslight Village site) and re-channeling of West Brook to control siltation.

    An easement reserves for the munici-palities a 2.5-acre festival space on the north side of the property. Mr. Lender said its possible that dem-olition of Gaslight buildings could also begin this fall, if the state Department of Transportation gets formal approval of a pending $600,000 grant. Mr. Bauer said that in October or No-vember rough grading will be done on the south side and the wetland restoration will be completed next year. A $15-million capital campaign has been launched to pay for the project. Mr. Bauer said commitments are in place for $8.5-million of the $9-million

    in public funds being sought, and that $2.5-million has been raised of the $6-million goal in private contributions. Village of Lake George Mayor Bob Blais said the contract for a $2.5-million state Transportation Enhancement Project grant for the public park is signed, deliv-ered; the moneys here. The mayor said the next steps are for the 3Es and 3Ms committee to hire a project manager, and a fi rm to design the park. Hopefully, the work could be put out to bid next spring, he said.Fate of Cavalcade bldg. an unknown

    The fate of the former Cavalcade of Cars building in the festival space is still

    not decided. Fred Monroe, Warren County board chairman and town supervisor of Ches-ter, said the board is waiting for a tour-ism study report by the county Economic Development Corporation, which is asked to recommend whether having a building makes sense, and if the Cavalcade is the right building. I hope the report comes in August and we can make a decision at