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BALLSTON LAKE: New dock rules set sail

Pierce said she and her husband regularly drive around the lake to check out what their neighbors are doing with their homes and docks.

"Nothing really horrid is out there. Most are appropriate to the landscape and appropriate," said Pierce. "There is a big plastic shed on one dock and someone has a walkway into the wetlands, which we'll have to look into."

Pierce said she understands the need for homeowners to extend their docks into the water to reach deep enough waters to safely cannonball into the lake.

"There are more shallow weedy areas where you need a longer dock, but no one has abused it," said Pierce. "But as camps are torn down, there are larger houses being built, and that's not the best thing for the ecology of the lake."

While the association continues to gauge the characteristics of Ballston Lake, those who live there respect the gentle waters and want to ensure their future.

"It's a safe family lake, a great place to fish, tube and water ski," said Herman. "I've been in the water for 50 years, and watch the lake every day, and luckily, it hasn't changed very much. We just want to keep it that way."

Photo caption: Dylan Beman, Miles Eglantine and Corey Kieru of Scotia cast thier lines at the public fishing pier on Ballston Lake Tuesday. (Cari Scribner/Spotlight)

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