Ok, I admit it. I didn’t make ANY New Year’s resolutions. But maybe its not too late?
Here’s a few all of us who love Lake George could make:
1. Clean up lake-side trash wherever and whenever you see it. It can easily blow into the Lake, and the trash cans on the lake walk down in the village have all been closed off for the winter season, making it more likely that people will just leave their trash behind.
2. Once the ice has formed, make sure that everything you take out on the ice goes with you when you leave. You never know when the ice might melt, and the trash could sink through into the Lake’s water.
3. Be more vigilant than ever when it comes to run-off. With little snow cover, and warm temperatures, more soil will freeze. When the ground is hard, its ability to absorb water and nutrients decreases, making it more likely that runoff, and all the contaminants the runoff picks up along the way, will run directly into the Lake.
4. Plan a lake-friendly project for the year. Maybe you can create a native plant garden, install permeable pavement, or put in a new septic system. Why not purchase a rain barrel, create a vegetative buffer or rain garden, or reduce the impermeable surfaces around your home or business? We enjoy sharing lake-friendly projects in our newsletter, so when you are finished, be sure to let us know! (And if you need help with ideas or plans, just give the LGA a call.)
5. Always pick up after your pooch. There is a little station next to the Lake George Steamboat Company that is supplied with biodegradable bags. Use it, and if you’re not walking your dog there, bring your own baggies, and always pick up the waste.
6. Last but not least… keep your LGA membership current, and invite a friend to join. We are working diligently, every day, to keep the 550 billion gallons of water in Lake George clean… and we can’t keep doing it without member support.