July 07, 2017, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 07, 2017 – The board of trustees of the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake will honor The Jefferson Project at Lake George with the 2017 Harold K. Hochschild Award at its annual benefit gala on Saturday, July 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Jefferson Project – a collaboration between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM Research and The FUND for Lake George — uses technology and science to preserve and protect the Queen of American Lakes. The Harold K. Hochschild Award is dedicated to the memory of the museum’s founder, whose passion for the Adirondacks, its people and environment inspired the creation of the institution and the establishment of the Adirondack Park Agency. Presented annually to recipients in a wide range of fields throughout the Adirondack Park, it honors their work to improve the region’s culture and quality of life.
“The Jefferson Project at Lake George’s research will have a global impact on freshwater ecosystems everywhere, and we want our visitors to leave with a new level of appreciation for the beauty, complexity and fragility of the beloved lake, and all of the Adirondack Park’s lakes and rivers,” explained David M. Kahn, executive director of the museum. “The board looks forward to honoring The Jefferson Project at our annual Benefit Gala, which is always a magical evening and one of the highlights of the season.” The museum’s 121-acre, 24-building campus will be transformed at twilight for a glamorous evening that will include an elegant dinner under the festival tent, live and silent auctions, and music.
Individual tickets are available at the Regular ($250), Supporter ($500), Lead Supporter ($1,000) and Young Friend (40 and younger, $100) levels. Sponsors ($5,000) receive one table for up to eight, Patrons ($10,000) one table of up to 10, and Benefactors ($25,000) two tables of 10. The evening supports the museum’s educational programs, new special exhibitions, visiting artists, Adirondack heritage preservation and permanent galleries. Tickets can be purchased by calling 518-352-7311 ext. 119.
The Jefferson Project at Lake George combines Internet of Things technology and powerful analytics with science to create a new model for environmental monitoring and prediction. The project is building a computing platform that captures and analyzes data from a network of sensors tracking water quality and movement. These sensor data are combined with other monitoring and experimental data to create a thorough understanding of the factors that drive the lake’s food web and overall water quality. Scientific insights and technology created for the project will not only help manage and protect one of America’s most famous lakes, but will create a blueprint to preserve important lakes, rivers and other bodies of fresh water around the globe.
To better understand Lake George, researchers are collecting massive amounts of data within the watershed. A network of sensors on land, in streams, and in the lake measures a diverse array of variables related to weather, water runoff, water circulation and water quality. Individual sensors communicate with one another and IBM and RPI researchers, helping to make decisions about what to sample, where to sample, and how often to sample. The incoming data is wirelessly communicated in real time to multiple computers at IBM and RPI, fueling a series of models built by IBM researchers that precisely predict weather events, water runoff from the surrounding mountains into the lake, inputs of road salt to
the lake, and water circulation.
Thirty-five years of monitoring the chemistry and algae in Lake George by scientists at RPI’s Darrin Fresh Water Institute, with support from The FUND for Lake George, have demonstrated that the lake is changing. Chloride inputs from road salt have tripled, algae have increased 33 percent, and invasive species have taken hold. The critical question is: How do those changes relate to the past, present and future of Lake George? By creating a high-resolution view of the lake’s ecosystem, the Jefferson Project provides the knowledge that enables informed decisions to protect the Queen of American Lakes.