A healthy lake
To the editor:
Kudos to the village of Lake Placid, the town of North Elba and the AuSable River Association. It’s commendable that these three organizations have joined efforts to counteract the salt pollution in Mirror Lake. I remember a number of years ago reading about the beaches in New Jersey having needles, syringes and other garbage wash ashore. Not very good for tourism. A dead, salt-infused lake would also not be very good for tourism. I remember back then that we used to advertise, “No needles and syringes, just crystal-clear water fit to drink.”
We are about natural beauty, clean air, clean lakes and streams, and a pristine, small-town environment. If we lose that, we lose our ability to be special. The economic impact would affect EVERY member of our community including our children and grandchildren.
One solution that I would endorse is that every store owner, business owner or resident who owns lakefront should be responsible for keeping their sidewalks clean and free of snow and ice. It’s simple! We have been doing just that for more than 20 years. We don’t allow salt to be on the sidewalks in front of the Mirror Lake Inn, and it’s no great burden for us to keep the sidewalks clean. Any cost is more than offset by the reduced wear and tear on carpets and hardwood flooring, which are destroyed by the salt. I would think Main Street merchants would also be greatly interested in this benefit.
If everybody did the same, we would be able to maintain the health and integrity of our lake, which so greatly supports our economic viability. Remember, once it is dead, it would be near impossible to reverse that.
Special thanks should be given to Larry Master for his efforts to raise funds to support this effort among waterfront hotels, all of which, with one exception, have agreed to participate.
Very truly yours,
Edwin H. Weibrecht Jr.
Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa