A watershed moment for Ballston Lake Overlay District

Residents also said the regulations will do little to clean up Ballston Lake if Clifton Park does not adopt or enforce the regulations.

Clifton Park borders the lake, and residents said there were several junk yards on that side of the lake that need to be cleaned up before the town can begin cleaning up the lake.

Town officials and the Ballston Lake Improvement Association members said they hope the adoption of this local legislation will serve as a model for Clifton Park to follow suit.

"Once we have our system in place, we will go to that board and the town's zoning officers to enact the law," said Councilman James Briaddy.

Town Supervisor Patti Southworth said she has discussed the issue with Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett, and that he would put the regulations before his Town Board if Ballston were to first adopt the regulations.

Frank Shipe, vice president of the Ballston Lake Improvement Association said, "We have to start somewhere."

He said much of the discussion did not relate to the overlay district, including talk over failing septic systems.

Regulations require that residents fix their failing septic systems, although the local regulation only gives the town enforcement over the state law already in place, according to Serra.

"Ballston has a problem with failing septic systems, especially in the watershed," Serra said in an earlier interview with Spotlight.

There are two proposed maps of the overlay district. The board will only adopt one map.

One proposed map regulates properties with 50 percent or more land within the watershed. The other map encompasses properties that are 25 percent or more in the watershed.

A watershed is defined as any region draining into a body of water. In Ballston, the watershed includes all properties that, when it rains, will drain into Ballston Lake, according to Serra.

Serra said they eliminated five properties on the north side of Outlet Road from the maps because they realized the properties did not drain into the lake.

Before the map and regulations are adopted a public hearing will be set.""

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