TICONDEROGA - The Lake George Association has renewed a seasonal campaign to urge Lake George winter sports enthusiasts to refrain from leaving trash on the ice.
"Carry On, Carry Off" is the slogan that will be appearing on signs, posters and flyers around Lake George at public access points and in local businesses. The LGA initiated this campaign last year.
According to Emily DeBolt, the LGA's education and outreach coordinator,, the campaign will hopefully strike a chord with the hundreds of ice fishermen, snowmobilers, skaters and others who may travel out onto the ice when the lake eventually freezes.
"When it's cold and the ice is 2 feet thick, people sometimes lose sight of the fact that the ice is temporary," said DeBolt. "Anything that you leave on the ice will eventually end up in the lake after ice-out."
The LGA's Water Quality Committee decided to create the signs to raise awareness that protecting the lake's water quality is a year-round responsibility. The committee has even discussed doing a late-season sweep of some of the more popular areas to pick up trash while the ice is still solid.
The Lake George Fishing Alliance is also lending its support to the "Carry On, Carry Off" campaign. The group helped to pay for some of the signage, and will be working to identify ideal locations for sign placement.
Executive Director Walt Lender of Ticonderoga pointed out that the LGA had conducted ice clean-ups in the past, particularly around the Lake George Winter Carnival.
"People should be able to enjoy the lake in the winter as well as in the summer," said Lender. "However, polluting the ice is the same as polluting the lake. There is no difference."
Signs will be posted at several state and town beaches, and other public access points in every municipality around the lake.
The LGA is a not-for-profit membership organization of people interested in working together to protect, conserve, and improve the beauty and quality of the Lake George Basin.
For more information, contact the LGA at 668-3558 or check out LGA on the web at www.lakegeorgeassociation.org