• Public Invited to The FUND for Lake George Annual Meeting, Featuring World-Leading Protection Initiatives

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    June 14, 2019
    What will it take to reduce the intensifying threat of a toxic algal bloom in Lake George, a devastating problem for a growing number of lakes across the state and around the country?

    Is algae growth close to shore and on the lake bottom increasing? And how do we stop it?

    How are the public- and private-sectors working together to protect the Lake’s environment and economy
    from toxic algae, as well as from invasive species and excessive road salt use?

    How has Lake George become “the world’s smartest lake” and a model for the future of freshwater
    protection on a global scale?

    These questions and more will be addressed in a series of highly informative and inspiring presentations
    as The FUND for Lake George presents its 2019 Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 6, from 9-11 a.m. at
    The Sagamore Resort Conference Center in Bolton Landing.

    The Annual Meeting is open to the public at no charge — and is expected to draw record attendance of
    more than 300 people for presentations demonstrating how The FUND and its public- and private-sector
    partners are using world-leading science and direct investments to implement innovative solutions to
    protect the lake. Registration is required and can be done at FundForLakeGeorge.org/2019AnnualMeeting or by calling (518) 668-9700.

    “If you enjoy recreating on Lake George or simply admiring the Lake’s beauty … if you care about the
    health of our regional Lake-based economy … if you’re excited by science and the application of big data in protecting Lake George… if you want the Lake to be our living legacy for our children and
    grandchildren, you will find these two hours to be absolutely fascinating and enlightening,” said The
    FUND’s Board Chairman Jeff Killeen. “This year we will once again raise the bar in honoring the vital
    importance of Lake George, presenting a memorable program that all who attend will truly enjoy.”

    Featured presenters will include:
    • Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project, author of Replenish: The Virtuous
    Cycle of Water and Prosperity, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on freshwater
    stewardship. From 2009-2015, Ms. Postel served as Freshwater Fellow of the National
    Geographic Society, where she co-created Change the Course, the water stewardship initiative
    awarded the 2017 US Water Prize for restoring billions of gallons of water to depleted rivers,
    aquifers and wetlands. She will discuss her extensive experience with freshwater protection
    efforts around the world and how Lake George is leading by example.

    • Dr. John E. Kelly III, executive vice president of IBM and the driving force behind creation of The
    Jefferson Project, the landmark partnership between IBM, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and
    The FUND that has built the world’s most advanced environmental monitoring system at Lake
    George. A longtime resident of Assembly Point on Lake George, Dr. Kelly will provide an update
    on The Jefferson Project’s work, including its most recent breakthrough, the “scenario engine,”
    which employs big data to forecast future changes in the Lake’s health and allow for effective
    preemptive actions to ensure lasting protection. This latest achievement upholds the Project’s
    purpose of making Lake George the global model for sustained understanding and protection of a
    threatened ecosystem.

    • Kathryn Flacke Muncil, chief executive officer of the Fort William Henry Corp. and chair of The
    FUND’s Council of Business Advisors. As the chief executive of one of the oldest and most
    respected Lake-based businesses, Ms. Flacke Muncil will discuss how the environmental and
    economic health of Lake George go hand-in-hand, and how the regional business community can
    partner with local governments and organizations like The FUND to meet common goals.

    Also highlighting this signature Lake George event will be:

    • Presentation of The FUND’s prestigious James D. Corbett Award to Dr. Kelly and Dr. Shirley Ann
    Jackson, president of RPI, for their leadership in advancing The Jefferson Project.

    • Presentation of The FUND’s Irving Langmuir Award to the Town of Queensbury for its actions in
    protecting Lake George from stormwater runoff, which flushes contaminants and nutrients into the
    Lake, increasing the risk of toxic algal blooms.

    The FUND will also announce nearly $500,000 of direct investments in crucial protection priorities. FUND
    investments are among the distinguishing features of the organization’s unparalleled commitment to the
    enduring protection of Lake George. Since 2013, The FUND has invested more than $7 million in
    protecting the Lake: stopping invasive species, curbing excessive road salt, and reducing wastewater and stormwater pollution.

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    About The FUND for Lake George: The FUND for Lake George is the leading organization dedicated to protecting The Queen of American Lakes through its innovative management model combining unprecedented partnerships, innovative science-guided programs, and direct investments in protection priorities. In recent years, The FUND has invested over $7 million to curb invasive species, reduce the excessive use of road salt, and abate the threats of wastewater and stormwater pollution. The FUND is a partner with IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in The Jefferson Project, the world’s most advanced environmental monitoring system, whose data is driving many of the science-guided solutions currently being advanced in and around the lake. The Lake George Waterkeeper is an integral program of The FUND.
    John Brodt
    518.792.3856, ext. 114