Fund Pledges $2 Million in 2015 to Address Threats to Water Quality
In a new, two volume publication, “State of the Lake: Chief Concerns as Revealed by Science” and “Fate of the Lake: A Blueprint for Protection,” The Fund for Lake George calls for “an unprecedented commitment to reversing present trends and preventing Lake George from slipping into a state of irreversible decline.”
Eric Siy, The Fund’s executive director, said that 30 years of water quality monitoring conducted by Rensselaer’s Darrin Fresh Water Institute and underwritten by The Fund, has revealed a complex, yet solvable, set of problems.
“Scientific knowledge of the past generation provides an historic opportunity to protect Lake George for the next,” said Siy. “Central to success are concerted actions that unite all those with a stake in the fate of the lake.”
The “Blueprint for Protection,” Siy said, proposes actions that will address these problems with specific measures that require partnership, innovation, and investment to succeed.
“We’re proposing concerted actions that will address the threefold increase in salt concentrations from road de-icing; measureable declines in water clarity; increased nutrient loading from stormwater runoff, wastewater, fertilizer use, and land disturbance; as well as invasive and introduced species stressing the lake’s native species and food web,” said Siy.
The Fund for Lake George will raise and spend approximately $2 million in 2015 alone to address those threats to water quality and to monitor the progress of its activities, said Siy.
“Direct investment in tangible solutions, and the science that will ensure their effectiveness, provides the single-best method for achieving results at the pace and scale now required,” said Siy.
Jeff Killeen, the chairman of The Fund’s board of directors, said, “Lake George remains one of the nation’s most loved natural treasures. Despite mounting pressures, lasting protection of the lake can be largely achieved through preventive measures, such as the invasive species program. Together, with clear vision and commitment, we will leave a living legacy, for which future generations will surely thank us.”