Three environmental groups, the Lake George Association, the Fund for Lake George, and the Lake George Land Conservancy have worked together to develop the project under the terms of a conservation easement they jointly hold with the village of Lake George and Warren County. As of this week, the groups still need to raise an additional $1.56 million to secure ownership of the easement.
In addition, The Conservancy is seeking to raise $2.3 million toward the purchase of the 1,436-acre Berry Pond tract, to protect West Brook's headwaters. The final payment on principal for Berry Pond is due Jan. 17, 2012.
In praising Bryan for his donation, Peter Bauer, executive director of The Fund for Lake George said the West Brook project will cleanse millions of gallons of stormwater every year and provide a much needed environmental boost to Lake George.
"The project is the most ambitious environmental restoration project ever attempted around Lake George," he said noting that the lake is the region's most vital environmental and economic asset. "The lake has been experiencing declining water quality for more than three decades with the lowest water quality consistently found in the south end."