Health & Wellness

Town Takes Steps to Lower Phosphorus in Peach Lake

8a031d0f6aa6e62bec55_48085_.jpg
The first Contech ‘Jellyfish’ unit is installed at Vails Grove. Credits: Warren Lucas
8a031d0f6aa6e62bec55_48085_.jpg

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— North Salem is installing special filters designed to reduce the levels of phosphorus in Peach Lake and cut the growth of algae and seaweed ,which choke off oxygen in the water and are harmful to aquatic life.

The town has been working the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the East of Hudson Watershed Corp. (EOHWC) to lower the concentration of phosphorus in the water.

North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas says the town has purchased eight filtration units manufactured by Contech known as “Jellyfish,” In November, the town board voted to borrow $800,000 to design, purchase and install the eight units. The town will be reimbursed $450,000 by the NYS DEC and $350,000 by the EOHWC, Lucas said North Salem will pay for the cost of the financing, which is at a rate of 1.15 percent, as well as any cost overages that might occur.

Sign Up for E-News

The town began installing the filters at Vails Grove community at Peach Lake on Jan. 11. Two of them are being installed outside the borders of the Town of North Salem in the Town of Southeast. “The lake waters don’t know where the municipal boundaries are, so to a great extent we put them where the drainage math showed the biggest bang for the buck,” Lucas explained.

He thanked Southeast Supervisor Tony Hay and Councilwoman Lynn Eckhart for their support in the project.

“Because of the nicer weather this winter the work is currently on going and should be finished within six to eight weeks, with the final site work being done this spring,” Lucas said.

The supervisor said he’s hopeful the system will lower the phosphorus levels to about  20 micrograms per liter (20mcg/l). Before the filters were installed, tests indicated levels were about 32mcg/l.

The town has been battling increasing phosphorus levels since 2013. Lucas said the phosphorus removal will take some time, but will pay off in the end.

“It will have a positive effect over time if we can make sure everyone understands the importance of protecting Peach Lake,” he said.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

North Salem

‘Sister Act’: A Musical Like Nun Other

Of all the Broadway musicals I’ve seen over the years at Westchester Broadway Theatre, only a handful have elicited the noisily enthusiastic audience response I observed at the recent opening night of “Sister Act.”

There were outbursts of applause in the middle of some numbers, and several clever turns of phrase sprinkled in the dialogue landed squarely, to the delight of big ...

Seen Any Good Ol’ Movies Lately?

As I become more, uh, mature, I find myself enjoying older movies more than newer movies. The trio of films presented here for your consideration are three of my all-time favorites. They share great stories, great screenplays, great directing, great acting. They also have in common ratings in the 90s on Rotten Tomatoes, and a place of distinction in the National Film Registry, a highly selective ...

Privacy? LOL!

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about how Facebook fans are shocked—shocked!—that their privacy has been compromised, prompting them to rise up and exhort oppressed social media users everywhere to ...

Cleaning the Empty Nest

Part of the shock of being a part-time empty nester is when the kids come back to visit and I have to watch my house transform overnight from a pristine haven of OCD goodness to a place that looks like an explosion happened at Forever 21.

After my kids moved mostly out, I put away whatever tchotchkes they chose to leave behind and then I put on a hazmat suit and cleaned their rooms until they ...

Tipping the Scales in My Favor

As I was settling into bed one night, I happened to catch my husband out of the corner of my eye.

He was getting on the scale.

“WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” I yelled at him. He jerked his head around and looked at me with alarm.

“What? I’m weighing myself.”

I jumped out of bed and yanked him off the scale. 

“You can’t do that now!” I ...

Doing Time in the Big House

“So, what did the doctor say about Dad?” I asked my mom over the phone.

“He has an incarcerated hernia,” she replied.

“INCARCERATED hernia?” I repeated.

“Yes.”

“Why is it incarcerated? Did it rob a bank?”

“What? No.”

“Unlawful entry? Obstruction? Insider trading?” I ...