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BOLTON -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation has determined that an estimated 7,000 gallons of sewage leaked from The Sagamore Resort's wastewater system into Lake George on Wednesday.

According to the DEC, about 13,000 gallons of sewage spilled on the resort's property. It came up through a manhole cover near the bridge onto Green Island, where the resort is located.

A "visible plume" was noticed from the material that got into the lake, a DEC spokesman said.

The DEC said another 5,000 gallons were collected from the area by a waste hauler and taken off site to Bolton's wastewater treatment plant, and another 1,000 or so gallons leaked onto a lawn at The Sagamore.

The Sagamore's general manager, Tom Guay, said Thursday that a block in a line was responsible for the problem, and the block was cleared Wednesday afternoon.

Workers from the town of Bolton, village of Lake George and the private waste hauler were able to re-establish wastewater flow off the island. No problems have been reported since.

The discharge into the lake was noticed around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, and was rectified after 1 p.m. The DEC was still investigating the situation, but no health or water quality advisories were issued.

"We are investigating the cause of the incident and will work with partners to protect future incidents and protect water quality," DEC spokesman David Winchell said.

The sewer system serves the hotel, homes on the island and the DEC facilities on Green Island.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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