Additional Monitoring Programs in the Adirondack Park
- NY Department of Environmental
Conservation, Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program
The NY Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP)
is a cooperative effort between the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation (NYSDEC) and the New York Federation of Lake Associations,
Inc. (FOLA). The specific goal of the program is to implement a scientific
and educational program in which lay volunteers are trained to collect
information and samples on ponded waters. The information is used
to develop management strategies specifically tailored to each waterbody.
CSLAP also offers training in plant sampling methods to perform vegetation
surveys on ponded waters.
Polytechnic Institute, Darrin Fresh Water Institute
The Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI) researches
the impact of humans on the Adirondack Mountains and studies fresh
water systems and ecological processes. In addition to conducting
their own water quality and vegetation surveys, the Institute offers
an aquatic plant identification service for plant samples that may
be an invasive aquatic plant.
- Residents' Committee to Protect
The Residents' Committee to Protect the Adirondacks
(RCPA) is a grassroots, membership organization dedicated to the
protection and stewardship of the natural environment and rural
communities of the Adirondack Park for current and future generations.
The Residents' Committee to Protect the Adirondacks (RCPA) and the
Adirondack Watersheds Institute (AWI) at Paul Smiths College have
teamed up to sponsor the Adirondack Lake Assessment Project (ALAP).
ALAP is designed to build a network of trained, citizen volunteer
water monitors across the Adirondack Park.
- Paul Smith's College of the
Adirondacks, Adirondack Watershed Institute
The program's mission includes understanding, preserving
and protecting the aquatic resources of the Adirondacks through
research and education.
- Watershed Stewards Program
The Watershed Stewardship Program (WSP) at Paul
Smith's College is a community-based
program designed primarily to educate the public about conservation,
preservation, and stewardship issues of particular water bodies
and forests within Adirondack watersheds. One of the principal
objectives includes performing aquatic duties such as collecting
demographic information on lake users, educating boaters on
invasive aquatic plant and animal species such as Eurasian watermilfoil,
purple loosestrife, and zebra mussels, and water quality issues
such as algae blooms and acid rain and informing boaters of previous,
or present, algae blooms on the lakes.
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