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Lake George students clean up stream bank

A group of Lake George High School students take a break after cleaning up litter along a tributary of English Brook on a day off from school.

A group of Lake George High School students take a break after cleaning up litter along a tributary of English Brook on a day off from school.

— A group of local students recently demonstrated their commitment to stewardship of local waterways as they cleaned up a stream bank while learning about preventing erosion, according to officials of a local agency that conducts projects to preserve water quality.

Eleven Lake George High School students and their science teachers, Tammy Darby and Robert Spath, volunteered to help Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District staff clean up a tributary to English Brook in June.

The students, who volunteered on a day off from school, learned about the work that has been done on the stream in the past few years by the Village of Lake George jointly with Conservation District employees.

This work includes the installation and maintenance of a valve that allows the village reservoir to be drawn down in order to dredge out sediment without impacting the stream in the process. The objective of the project is to catch erosion upland before it enters Lake George.

The students involved in the cleanup were: Alexis Stein, Courtney Jaffe, Nathan Lafond, Doug Quimby, Emily Lindsey, Madison Sullivan, Rae Ann Jett, Clark Mularz, Kierstynn Morehouse, Amber Ruther, Alizah Tariq.

The group met at the base of the stream and collected trash along the stream bank on the way up to the reservoir. More garbage was collected at the summit. Conservation District employee Nick Rowell talked to the students about the construction of the reservoir valve, and Dean Moore with the agency explained the importance of the reservoir to the water quality and aquatic habitat of Lake George. Moore talked about the harmful impacts that sedimentation has on fish reproduction and habitats, which includes the smothering or suffocation of fish eggs.

A total of four bags of trash were collected during the cleanup and the students left the experience with a better knowledge of the impacts of erosion and sedimentation, Moore said, expressing appreciation to the students and teachers for volunteering to clean up the local environment during their free time.

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