NY Landscape and Property Management around Lake George/Adirondack Region

May 28, 2012

DeFranco Landscaping Attends the LGA Lake Friendly Living Open House

The Lake George Association’s 2nd Annual Lake-Friendly Living Open House was held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at the LGA’s office at 2392 Route 9N in Lake George, NY.  The show highlighted local businesses that are experts on lake-friendly living.

Anthony DeFranco, PE and Mark Altwerger attended the event for DeFranco Landscaping with varying lake expertise & experiences. Altwerger has worked for the LGA as a lake steward. DeFranco is a professional engineer who has also worked for the Darrin Freshwater Institute. They provided attendees with information on various products and services for their lake-friendly projects while discussing the latest regulations related to site design, stormwater management and septic systems and the benefits of shoreline buffers.

The combination of Anthony DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer and the green infrastructure expertise of DeFranco Landscaping gives a home owner the “complete package” when it comes to lake-friendly living. DeFranco Landscaping specializes in rain garden installation, stormwater management, hydroseeding/erosion control, shoreline buffers with native plantings  and permeable pavers.

(Left to Right) Betty Spinelli, Joe Stanik (Lake George Park Commissioner), Mark Altwerger and Anthony DeFranco, PE discuss the benefits of stormwater management at the 2nd Annual Lake-Friendly Living Showcase.

DeFranco Landscaping received the 2010 Frank Leonbruno Lake Stewardship Award for their use of native plants in their designs.  Anthony DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer is a licensed NYS professional engineer who has designed numerous rain gardens and stormwater management structures around the Lake George basin. Rain garden design is not rocket science but it does take someone who is very familar with stormwater design to properly design a functioning rain garden to the NYSDEC guidelines.  A professional engineer is required to design and “stamp” the plans of any stormwater management system for new construction and modificiations to a site/additions to a house.

DeFranco Landscaping has installed many of his designs along with native plant shoreline buffers and screenings. DeFranco Landscaping is in the process of also completing a stream restoration project in the Town of Hague. Permitting and design was completed by Anthony DeFranco, PE and the installation was tackled by Dave and Tony’s crew.

DeFranco started a civil engineering practice: Anthony DeFranco, PE –Consulting Engineer to complement his family’s landscaping and property management business. He has designed numerous engineered wastewater systems, including Pura-Flo Peat Fiber Biofilter Systems, which are an enhanced on-site wastewater treatment system (OWTS) that provides a 96% reduction in B.O.D, 99.9% reduction in fecal coliform and 90% reduction in ammonia and nitrogen to the leachate before it enters the ground. Enhanced treatment systems require additional operational maintenance, typically annual inspections that can be provided by the manufacturer of the system. A licensed engineer is required to design enhanced wastewater treatment systems. They are ideal for houses located near a body of water with limited space.

“There are a lot of opportunities for us to provide expertise to homeowners and contractors around the Lake George basin. Property owners need to be aware that a roadside ditch or drainage swale along your property can convey pollutants from your driveway or lawn into Lake George.” states DeFranco. Studies have shown that ½-inch to 1 ½-inch rain events, called
water quality events, cause more damage by carrying off pollutants from impervious and lawn areas. Anthony DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer has also designed numerous engineered septic systems in the Lake George basin, including Pura-Flo Peat systems, Eljen systems and raised mound systems. He can handle most site design projects from permitting, design to construction inspection.

Please feel free to contact us, if you were unable to attend and have a project in mind.

August 13, 2011

Pura-Flo Septic System Design and Native Plant Landscaping

Designed by Anthony W. DeFranco, PE

Pura-Flo Septic System

An alternative engineered septic system was recently installed at John & Virginia Geils in Hague, NY. Their existing system was leaking near the shoreline of Lake George. The Pura-Flo Septic System was designed by Anthony W. DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer. A variance was required from the Town of Hague to place the system within the 100-foot setback to the lakeshore due to soil limitations and an existing well. 

A four-modular system was installed for the 4-bedroom house by Bruce Geraw of O.K. Santiary Service in Ticonderoga in late June. The system up and running before the July 4th deadline. The system has duplex pumps and high level alarms.

After the system was started-up,  DeFranco Landscaping returned to replant the numerous transplanted shrubs and perennials around the perimeter of the septic system to shield the system from the house. The upgradient banks were hydroseeded with a native NY wild flower & meadow mix along with placing a layer of erosion control fabric on the bank to prevent potential erosion. “We have had great success with our hydroseeder. We have experimented with a few different mixs and can apply almost anytime in the season to get good coverage and fast seed germination” notes DeFranco.
Pura Flo Systems are ideal around bodies of water such as Lake George and remove 99.99% BOD from the septic waste. For more information on alternative septic system design and the regulations related to the Lake George basin and the APA, please contact Anthony DeFranco at 518-791-9816 or via e-mail at [email protected]
The Lake George Association also has landscape planting recommendations around leachfields. Anthony DeFranco, PE would caution any property owner about planting any plants within a leach field or in the general vicinity of the leach field without talking with a Professional Engineer and a representative of the engineered septic system manufacturer. 
DeFranco notes “Some manufacturer’s will not warranty their system with landscaping around their modules. You should always check this out before planting in a leachfield. Some plants have deep roots and should never be planted in close proximity of a leach field. You do not want to jeapordize the integrity of your leach field. The cost to repair can easily be in the thousands of dollars if not more.”  

Pura-Flo Septic System Leachfield with banks hydroseeded and protected with erosion control fabric


Memberships & Affiliations:

>> NY State Nurseryman's Association
>> NYS Adopt-A-Highway Participant
>> Hague / Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce
>> CNLP: Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional
>> Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
>> ICPI Certification
>> Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce
>> Member of the Lake George Association
>> GlensFalls.com
>> Planting What Comes Naturally
>> The DeFrancos of Hague-Sustainable Landscapes & Green Infrastructure


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Mailing Addess: 244 Dodd Hill Road, Hague, NY 12836
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