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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
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After the recent discovery of an invasive forest pest near Lake George, a new effort is being launched to prevent the spread of the hemlock woolly adelgid.

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As multimillion dollar upgrades are being made at the Lake George Wastewater Treatment Plant to protect water quality, a new partnership between local banks and the FUND for Lake George is aimed at upgrading old septic systems in the Lake George basin. 

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If you’re planning a trip to Lake George this summer, new real-time weather forecasting might help your next sail or camping trip go a bit more smoothly.

Motorcycles lined up at Americade (file photo)
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An annual event that draws thousands to kick off the summer season in Lake George has been moved back a month.

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The Lake George Park Commission has released a report on its 2019 Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program.

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An aging wastewater treatment plant in the Village of Lake George is in need of major upgrades. Now the project has gotten a boost thanks to state funding announced as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State agenda.

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Researchers have been studying Lake George for decades and a new report takes a look at 37 years of work.

More than 200 years after Thomas Jefferson proclaimed Lake George to be the most beautiful water he ever saw, the Lake remains one of the clearest, cleanest lakes in the nation. But that doesn’t mean it’s without its challenges. In fact, invasive species; aging wastewater treatment plants and septic systems; stormwater runoff; and winter road salt all pose very real threats to the long-term health of the lake’s ecology and the Lake George Region’s economy.

The FUND for Lake George is dedicated to preventing these threats from devastating the lake. Guided by data from the world’s most advanced environmental monitoring system, The Jefferson Project, as well as additional FUND research, the not-for-profit organization is leading a multi-faceted, science-to-solutions effort to keep the 32-mile-long tourism mecca and drinking water source clear of harmful algal blooms and other threats, and providing a roadmap for other lakeside communities across the country.

Executive Director of The FUND for Lake George Eric Siy and CEO of Fort William Henry Corp. in Lake George and Chair of The FUND’s Council of Business Advisors Kathy Flacke Muncil join us to tell us more.

A man was seriously injured after a parasailing incident on Lake George.

Guests walk past a dinosaur at Dino Roar Valley
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A decades-old amusement park in Lake George, New York has a new prehistoric look.

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The Village of Lake George has a small population during the winter months, but in the summer it draws tens of thousands of visitors on any given day. The Warren County village needs to overhaul its wastewater treatment plant, but funding a new facility is proving to be a challenge.

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The New York State Museum says it has learned more about the skeletal remains of 13 people discovered at a construction site where a Revolutionary War-era cemetery was located. 

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After five years, a mandatory boat inspection program on Lake George is yielding results.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about a lack of TSA delays at Albany International Airport despite the partial government shutdown, and a record number of boat inspections conducted at Lake George in an effort to prevent invasive species.

Celebrating The New Year In Unique Ways

Dec 31, 2018
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While many rush to bars, dinners, and galas to celebrate the New Year, upstate New York has several activities for those looking for something unique such as ice skating, painted yoga, and a chilly plunge into Lake George.

Students view footage from The Wave installation at EMPAC on the RPI campus
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers at Lake George have been collecting data on the Adirondack lake as part of the Jefferson Project, a collaboration between RPI, IBM, and the FUND for Lake George.

As part of a special exhibit tonight at RPI’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, students have taken data and transformed it into a sensory experience that includes visual and audio field recordings, as well as data visualization and sonification to explore the data in a unique way.

Students made final preparations on the installation Tuesday evening.

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A public workshop scheduled for Monday evening in Lake George is intended to address findings from a project that examined the town’s septic systems.

Robert Flacke
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Robert Flacke, who served as chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency and later was appointed commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, has died at his home in Lake George. He was 85.

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The FUND For Lake George this past week gathered stakeholders for its fourth Salt Summit. The annual conference focuses on building partnerships to reduce the use of road salt in the Lake George Basin to protect the health of the Adirondack lake.

Route 9 looking north near Exit 20
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Travelers in our region headed to Lake George and its many tourist attractions often find themselves snarled in traffic, just miles from their destination. Now, the busy exit off the Adirondack Northway is being studied to reduce traffic congestion and increase safety for pedestrians. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports officials are looking for suggestions.

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Two years after a young girl was killed on Lake George, officials have again taken steps to prevent the annual party that preceded the fatal boat crash from happening.

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New York state officials have released a Harmful Algal Blooms action plan for Lake George.

The Marcella Sembrich Memorial Association, founded in 1940, honors international opera singer Marcella Sembrich, who lived from 1858-1935, at her former teaching studio and woodland retreat on Lake George.

The Sembrich's 2018 season is entitled "A World in Harmony" and includes intimate concerts, recitals, and lectures in the historic The Sembrich Studio and film screenings at The Bolton Library.

Artistic Director Richard Wargo is marking his 27th summer at The Sembrich and he joins us now with a preview of this summer’s offerings.

An iconic summertime destination in Lake George will be not be opening for its 40th season.  Water Slide World, on Route 9 in Lake George, will not open this year after the death of its owner.

An announcement on the park’s voicemail, recorded by Gary’s Koncikowski’s widow, Dawn, shares the news.

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It’s a tradition in Lake George, New York to end long summer days with fireworks. Every Thursday night and on the Fourth of July, the Village of Lake George puts on a show that keeps visitors coming into town long after sunset. But, as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, those shows can get expensive…

Two passengers on the boat that collided with another vessel on Lake George, killing an 8-year-old girl in July 2016, have been sentenced.

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When boaters visit Lake George, they’re required to have their vessels inspected before entering the water to protect against the spread of invasive species. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the program’s latest results.

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Lake George in the Southern Adirondacks, known for its crystal clear water, has been a summer destination for more than a century. But during 2017, the state-owned beach “Million Dollar Beach” was closed several times from June to August due to bacterial contamination. A team of local officials and advocates came together to solve the mystery of the pollution.

WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard brings us this installment our series on infrastructure from the southern shore of Lake George.

Courtesy The Fund for Lake George

An invasive species of clam in Lake George is spreading.

Lucas Willard

For many, the Labor Day weekend is summer’s last hurrah. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on some of the events happening in our backyard.

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