Foster Brook restored by Lake George Association

A section of Foster Brook, which empties into Lake George.

A section of Foster Brook, which empties into Lake George. Photo provided

— The Lake George Association recently completed a project to stabilize a section of Foster Brook in the hamlet of Huletts Landing, a shorefront community on Lake George.

The brook was severely eroded during last year’s Tropical Storm Irene.

Substantial amounts of silt, gravel and debris was deposited along the banks of the stream and in the waterway, diverting the natural flow of the water.

This material was removed, and some was used, — along with purchased stone — to stabilize the stream banks.

Rock vanes were constructed to help direct storm flow and keep downstream banks protected. Large 36-to-48-inch stone was brought in to create the rock vane. A nearby off-line sediment basin, designed to handle stormwater, along the stream was cleaned out; an estimated 35 cubic yards of material were removed. Areas that were disturbed were graded and covered with straw and seed.

Downstream where a secondary stream enters Foster Brook, a large amount of material was deposited.

The deposited material was pulled back against the eroding bank to stabilize it and open the stream channel. A second rock vane was installed to keep the flow of the stream in the middle of the channel and protect the other shoreline.

The project was funded through a grant from the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation. Construction was completed by Nims Outdoor Services with some assistance from the Dresden town highway workers.

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