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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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Rise in Boat Sales Could Suggest a New Quagga Mussel Infestation - Quagga mussels can be spread by watercraft, and recent boat sales data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association shows that sales are robust. More vessels are filling state lakes, rivers, reservoirs and waterways; the increased vessels suggest a new quagga mussel infestation may be in the future.


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