The Lake George “Million Dollar Beach” Day Use Area (DUA), owned by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, provides access to Lake George for boaters, pedestrians, bicyclists, beachgoers, summer camp, school trips, residents and tourists. In addition to improving functionality of the site, safety for users, and water quality for the lake, the project also promotes green infrastructure practices.
The project complements adjacent projects completed in the last two years which utilized an innovative heavy duty porous asphalt system developed by B&L that has eliminated roadway surface runoff being discharged directly to the lake as well as reducing road salt applications by approximately 50% (10,000 lbs).
A significant improvement in safety and multi-modal travel for beachgoers was the elimination of two westbound travel lanes that passed between the original parking lot and the entrance to the beach. The construction of a modern single-lane roundabout re-directs traffic to the southern edge of the site and eliminate a significant pedestrian/motorist conflict point. The widened multi-use path along the beach increases safety, convenience, and attractiveness for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Stormwater control is a prime concern for Lake George water quality. The design includes 7 different run-off control features which provide diversion, infiltration, retention, and pre-treatment areas. The total capacity of the diversion is 140,000 cubic feet, or 1 million gallons. The system provides storage for a 6” rainfall over a 24-hour period. The parking lot is constructed of 3 acres, or 6,500 tons, of heavy-duty porous asphalt to reduce run-off.
An invasive species information kiosk and a two-direction permanent boat washing station provide education and the means to help provide invasive species protection. Boats are washed before entering Lake George, and also washed upon leaving Lake George to help protect other lakes and waterways. The boat washing station includes pre-cast porous concrete and a containment sand filter system to eliminate pollution and invasives from flowing into the lake.
The boat launch was relocated and a new 2-lane boat launch was designed, constructed, and located based on lake depth in an area that minimizes disruption the lake bottom and the consequential sediment re-deposition.
This project won a 2016 ACEC NY Diamond Award, a National Recognition Award from ACEC National, an ENR NY 2015 Green Project of the Year Award, and is a Storm Water Solutions Magazine 2015 Top Storm Water and Erosion Control project.