Some innovative stormwater infrastructure projects will be installed this year in Warren County, thanks to funding through the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
The Lake George Association and Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District were both awarded financial assistance for projects to help protect the water quality of Lake George and tributaries in Queensbury.
One, a $86,227 grant, will help the Lake George Association install stormwater infrastructure at channels along the Northway.
With the help of the state Department of Transportation and the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, the association will remove a majority of the impervious asphalt and reshape the finished stormwater channel, according to a news release.
The channel will be hydroseeded, and erosion control mats will be installed throughout. Stormwater catch basins will also be constructed to slow the flow from heavy rains.
The project is expected to keep nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorous, from getting into Lake George. Staff will be checking the swales and basins to make sure they’re functioning properly and are cleaned out when necessary.
“This project is a crucial one to protect the water quality in the southern basin of Lake George,” said Randy Rath, project manager at the Lake George Association, in a news release.
The association also received $18,446 for the installation of precast pervious concrete in the village of Lake George.
Rath said he’s working with the village’s highway superintendent to pick a public parking lot and replace about 650 square feet of pavement or asphalt with the porous concrete.
This is also a good way to filter stormwater, Rath explained, because water won’t run off into the lake, but rather trickle down into the ground.
The Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District got its own grants, too.
District Manager Jim Lieberum said one in the amount of $19,995 will help replace roadside culverts in front of Pine View Cemetery in Queensbury to improve drainage and reduce erosion to a stream that flows into Halfway Brook.
The district also plans to work with cemetery staff to plant a garden on a portion of the property that is too wet for burials. Native plants that feed bees, butterflies and other pollinators will grow there.
“It’s a community effort,” Lieberum said.
The second, in the amount of $2,500, will help the district organize an open forum about forestry and its regulations. Details have not been finalized, but Lieberum expects it will be held sometime in May.
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylverville, congratulated the recipients in a news release last week. Stefanik said she helped garner the funds in the House Appropriations process.