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Rising Salt Levels in Lake George Has Environmental Scientists Worried
Overall, Lake George has good water quality, but levels of sodium chloride, or salt, in the lake has tripled over three decades. It’s not at a crisis level, but it could become a major problem if something isn’t done.

The source of the change in Lake George’s composition is road salt used on streets and highways in the approximately 360-square-mile area that serves as a catch basin for the lake. An estimated 9 tons a year ends up in the water and will eventually cause an alternation in the lake’s phytoplankton that help support the water’s food web.

 
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