For many people who live in Rochester, the Adirondacks is a popular vacation destination. The region is close enough to drive to while offering an unparalleled glimpse into the nature of beauty. Saranac Lake is especially the top stop for Rochester vacationers. But most who travel there won’t realize what is happening behind the scenes in order to maintain its pristine nature. Environmental remediation is a project being undertaken to remove coal sediment from the soil of the area. In this video, you will learn how the coal got there, why it’s a problem, and what’s being done about it.
A gasoline manufacturing site that used coal operated in the area from the 1800s. As a result, coal byproduct has contaminated the soil and groundwater and even spread into other nearby areas. The remediation efforts aim to clean all this up while ensuring it doesn’t spread any further. Efforts are also taken to avoid any dust from leaving the site, as well as maintain odor control. For Rochestarians, this is good news, because when the project is complete, visitors of Saranac Lake will be able to continue to enjoy the wonders it has to offer.