Black Point stormwater project planned; grant received

— A $21,000 Lake George Association stormwater project on Black Point Road in the town of Putnam will start this summer with funding support from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

Survey and design work will begin in May and final construction is slated for completion this August. The Lake George Association, Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD), and the town of Putnam are partners in the project.

When completed, the project will intercept stormwater runoff from a 37-acre watershed in the town.

Currently, large volumes of untreated stormwater are washing down a hill and into a homeowner’s driveway, creating a temporary stream that flows directly into Lake George. A large plume of sediment is created after every storm.

A concrete precast trench drain will capture and direct sediment-laden runoff into a dry well. The runoff will then overflow into a rain garden, where nutrients and phosphorus will be removed, before entering a small stream and flowing to Lake George.

The project is located on private property, just outside the right-of-way for the town of Putnam’s Department of Public Works. An option to move the project within the right-of-way was considered, but would have required doubling the size of the trench drain and removing trees at the end of the driveway.

This project will be similar to many others completed by the LGA. Rath, will manage the grant and overall project. The LGA will apply for all permits and address any regulatory issues. Rath will work with WCSWCD, the town of Putnam and the property owners to oversee and implement the project. LGA Director of Education Emily DeBolt will select native plants for the rain garden. LGA Staff will install the plants.

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