Dresden asked to support septic tests

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Stephanie Copeland, a homeowner of a house on Cook Bay asked the Dresden Town Board on Sept. 12 to support a five-year annual inspection of septic systems of homes in Huletts Landing.

She asked for the board’s support of the Lake George Park Commission, Lake George Association and County Code Enforcer’s initiative to have the five-year plan initiated. It is a part of the Lake George wastewater management regulations.

“John Graham of Washington County Code Enforcement and Roger Smith of the Lake George Association and the town could come together on a joint letter to the Lake George Park Commission because of the new septic initiative,” Copeland said.

The town will not be supporting the initiative monetarily as they don’t have the funds to perform the inspections themselves, but rather to inform the community about the initiative and how it will protect the lake and value of residents’ homes. Copeland made sure to mention there is no need for financial assistance and board member Allen Wilbur proposed the idea of a public hearing for community members of Cook’s Bay that seek more information.

“If you are within 500 feet of the lake or live 100 feet from a Department of Ecological Conservation stream or river, you must have your whole septic system inspected every five years. Roger (Smith) is saying to me now that if we could all work together to ask the park commission to be one of the first areas to have the inspections done,” she said.

The initiative will be moved to a public forum on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and hoping for the plan to become law in the spring or summer. Copeland said that it shouldn’t be something the residents are ashamed of, rather it’s best to keep track of the septic systems to prevent further pollution.

“Some of these septic systems haven’t been looked at in 40 to 60 years! For me in Cook’s Bay, I know of seven to eight systems in the last few years that have been worked on or on a waitlist to be worked on which is awesome,” she said.

“It is an aesthetic, good to know you’re swimming in drinkable water, to go out in water that’s 25 to 30 feet deep and you can still see the bottom. But it’s also good to know that your investment as a homeowner is being protected,” she said.

The ad-hoc committee has worked to come up with a plan to preserve the ecology of the lake and keep it clean for years to come. The regulations list provides a general purpose for the water quality of the lake and the homes surrounding it.

“The purpose of this Subpart is to preserve and protect the water quality and ecology of Lake George and protect the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors to the Lake George basin by ensuring compliance with design and maintenance standards for wastewater treatment systems, providing a

consistent review of such systems, and optimizing the efficacy of these systems to prevent degradation of the Lake from wastewater pollution,” it says.