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Lake George selected for salt pilot program

The state Department of Transportation selected a 17-mile stretch of Route 9N along Lake George for a new pilot program to limit salt on the road, and in turn, to limit how much gets into the lake. A new study shows road salt could be impacting well water in the Adirondacks.

The fourth annual Salt Summit, hosted by The Fund for Lake George, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George.

The day-long program will cover topics involving both private and public winter road maintenance in Lake George and in the Adirondacks, according to a release.

Road salt is an issue state and local officials, as well as many environmental groups, are working on. Too much salt can have a negative impact on water quality.

Check-in starts at 7 a.m. Fred Vogel, president of the Lake George Chamber of Commerce, will kick the day off at 7:30 a.m. There will be concurrent sessions highlighting a study on Mirror Lake, effects of road salt in the Adirondack Park and the impacts from alternative salt products. 

Keynote speaker Laura Fay, from Montana State University, will speak on economics of best practice implementation at 9:50 a.m. For a complete schedule and to register for the free event, visit fundforlakegeorge.org/events/4th-annual-salt-summit

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