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Lake George

Lake George off Assembly Point looks beautiful above the surface, but algae may be growing below. 

Other municipalities are looking at laws similar to what Queensbury passed last year, requiring inspections of septic systems upon property transfers. 

I'm a little late to writing this blog, but I'm sure it will be up for discussion again. We're already seeing positive upgrades as a result of the Queensbury law.

When I moved here, I was surprised that such laws didn't exist. That's because I worked in Cayuga County, where the sanitary code requires all septic systems to be inspected periodically and at the time of a property transfer.

The county even runs training sessions to certify inspectors.

Homes that are close to Owasco Lake, a drinking water source, are inspected more often than a home outside the watershed.

It has been a very successful program, helping protect water quality in the Finger Lakes. 

Perhaps other municipalities, especially around Lake George and other drinking water sources, can take a look and see whether something similar would be a good fit.

To learn more about what Cayuga County is doing, go to cayugacounty.us/677/Septic-System-Installation-Inspection

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1

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