Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Lake George Association Inc

  • Lake George, NY
  • www.lakegeorgeassociation.org

Mission Statement

We are the Lake George Association – we protect Lake George water.

We develop and perform in-the-ground projects (stormwater control, pollution control, erosion control) dedicated to keeping Lake George’s water pure.

We develop and deliver educational materials (delivered in school, to homeowners and on the Lake with our Floating Classroom) aimed at informing students and residents about what actions they can take to keep Lake George water clean and healthy.

Main Programs

  1. Lake Saving Projects -- Stopping Stormwater and Pollution from entering the watershed
  2. Floating Classroom -- Teaching students and the public about how to keep Lake George clean
  3. Education and Outreach to support best practices in water and land use
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Lake George watershed communities in Warren, Washington, and Essex counties, New York

ruling year

1957

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. C. Walter Lender

Keywords

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Lake George, protect water, lake-friendly living, environment, conservation, water quality, land use, education, advocacy, stewardship

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Also Known As

LGA

EIN

14-6000565

 Number

7600211131

Physical Address

2392 State Route 9N

Lake George, 12845

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The LGA's most important project is the West Brook Conservation Initiative, a $15 million stormwater treatment complex and environmental park under construction on the site of the old Gaslight Village in the southern end of the Lake.  Due to a loss of wetlands, channelization of the stream, and poor stormwater management, West Brook has become the single largest source of pollution to the south basin of Lake George.  This project aims to significantly reduce the sediment, nutrients and pollutants entering this part of the Lake.  Final designs for the south parcel of the project were completed in 2010 and Charley's Saloon, a dilapidated structure on that parcel was demolished.The LGA  and its partners need to raise $1.56 million to complete the purchase of a conservation easement for this project.  The NYS Department of State awarded $152,000 in grants from the Environmental Projection Fund to design the project and $1.2 million for project construction. In 2009, the LGA designed and purchased its own 40-foot catamaran to serve as a Floating Classroom on Lake George.  Previously, the Floating Classroom  operated from a local tour boat, adapting to both that boat's architecture and schedule. Since the purchase of the boat, the LGA has almost doubled participation in the Floating Classroom program. Not only school groups, but homeowner and civic associations, tourists, and municipal staff have participated; these groups benefit from an increased appreciation and awareness of the Lake and how to protect it. In 2010, the LGA started to offer programs for the first time to the general public, for two hours every Wednesday during July and August. Over 1200 people came aboard the Floating Classroom in 2009. As of June 30, 2010, 536 people have participated.  In 2011, our emphasis will continue to be on youth, as they are the future stewards of the watershed.  However, the number of programs available for the general public will be doubled.  We were also awarded a $7,000 grant that will enable us to expand our programs for adult audiences, including community and civic groups.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Lake Saving Projects -- Stopping Stormwater and Pollution from entering the watershed

The Lake George Association takes a proactive approach to solving pollution and stormwater runoff problems in the watershed.  Since 2000, we have addressed over 70 key environmental problems. Working with municipal and agency partners, the LGA helps identify, finance and implement lake saving projects - from West Brook in the south to Putnam and Ticonderoga in the north. Projects include: stream-bank remediation, roadway and parking area improvements, (such as catch basins and dry wells), sediment basin installation and clean-outs, and shore-line restoration. The permitting and design process for these projects is both complex and time-consuming, requiring persisent follow-through from LGA staff for completion.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

None

Budget

$375,000.00

Program 2

Floating Classroom -- Teaching students and the public about how to keep Lake George clean

Thousands of students and adults learn how to keep Lake George clean, clear and beautiful on board the LGA's Floating Classroom.   A new 40-foot boat was purchased in 2009, and designed specifically for the LGA's use.The Floating Classroom offers participants a hands-on aquatic learning adventure.  The boat takes lake visitors, residents and classroom students out on the water to investigate the Lake George ecosystem.On board, participants learn what makes Lake George unique and how to measure water quality and clarity, with the same tools used by actual lake scientists.  Participants enjoy catching and identifying the tiny, yet essential, zooplankton that live in the Lake.  Threats to the lake from pollution and invasive species are also covered.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 3

Education and Outreach to support best practices in water and land use

The Lake George Association plays an active role in encouraging and supporting best practices in water and land use.  The best solution to any water quality problem is the one that keeps the problem from happening in the first place.  We believe that most people, when given accurate, balanced and current information on how to keep Lake George clean and clear, will do the right thing.  The LGA provides technical assistance to home owners and businesses, helping them find effective solutions for a wide-range of land-use problems.  We hire Lake Stewards at boat launches to educate boaters about invasive species; these stewards also inspect boats and remove any invasives they find.  We conduct stream monitoring workshops with school groups.  We promote boating safety. We help to train professional engineers, and offer educational presentations for municipal leaders and community groups. E-newsletters and publications cover current threats to Lake George's water quality and encourage lake-friendly living.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Lake George watershed communities in Warren, Washington, and Essex counties, New York

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The Lake George Association Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Operations

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Lake George Association Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. C. Walter Lender

BIO

In February of 2005, Walter Lender became only the third executive director LGA's 125-year history. Previously, Lender was employed by Fort Ticonderoga as the director of development/government and corporate relations officer. In a five-year tenure as a fundraiser and grant writer for the non-profit museum, Lender helped to bring in significant government and corporate grant awards. Additionally, Lender was the executive director of PRIDE of Ticonderoga. In all, he has almost 15 years experience working in the non-profit sector. He has a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Administration and Management.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"This year the LGA celebrates its 130th Anniversary.

With this many years of success in protecting water behind us, we focus today on those efforts we know will be most effective.

To ensure a healthy lake for today and tomorrow we must work together with partners around the watershed to protect the Lake. This means educating and actively involving everyone who has a stake in the Lake’s future: residents, children, visitors, local municipalities, businesses, county water conservation districts, the Lake George Park Commission, other lake associations, our legislators in Albany and Washington, our local cooperative extension, and many others.

The LGA excels in building relationships and working together. Together, we clean up a stream, test and measure water quality, dredge a delta, educate the stewards of the future and monitor for invasive species. The LGA manages these efforts and coordinates the many partners involved.

Thousands of children, tourists, and lifelong residents come aboard the LGA’s beautiful Floating Classroom, experiencing first hand what it means to be a lake scientist, and gaining a thorough appreciation and understanding of the Lake’s delicate ecosystem.

LGA lake stewards work with the Lake George Park Commission as the Commission inspects boats for invasive species, and we work with boaters and anglers, even triathletes, to help us fight the spread of invasive species.With our partners, our work on the West Brook Conservation Initiative continues. We have made significant headway on our obligation to repay our property loan for the conservation easement. But we still have a long way to go.

Like the LGA’s founders, let’s leave our legacy for Lake George – for the next 130years. We aim to pass on to the next generation what has been so graciously passed down to us.

C. Walter Lender
LGA Executive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Victor Hershaft

former owner and COO of Paxar Corporation

Term: Aug 2010 - Aug 2012

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