Advocacy Program

A Voice for NY Lakes

When NYSFOLA was founded, a separate Certificate of Incorporation was also obtained for a Federation of Lakes, Inc. under Section 402 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.  The Federation of Lakes, Inc. (FOL) was formed as a 501 (c)4 for the promotion of social welfare as specified in the Internal Revenue Code.

  • To monitor and report to members and the public on legislation and administrative actions affecting the lakes, rivers, streams, watersheds and shorelines of New York State and to support legislation and administrative actions which promote the sound management, study, protection, preservation, enhancement and wise-use of the lakes, rivers, streams, watersheds and shorelines of New York State.

To do lawfully all things necessary and proper for the attainement of any of these purposes, the accomplishment of any of these objects, or the furtherance of any of the powers hereinabove set forth; and to have, enjoy and excercise any and all rights, powers, priveleges, and exemptions which are now or which may hereinafter be conferred upon non-profit corporations organized under the laws of the State of New York, as they now exist or may be amended or supplemented. 

While NYSFOLA and the Federation of Lakes Inc. share a Board of Directors, NYSFOLA is an educational organization while FOL has the potential to be a stronger "lobbying" arm for lakes, should funds ever allow this to happen.

In any case, NYSFOLA continues to work with its membership on issues, regulatory changes, and legislation impacting our lakes.  We are the VOICE FOR NY LAKES.  When NYSFOLA submits comments, we do so on behalf of over 200 lake associations!  Recent examples include:

2016 - NYS DEC Aquatic Pesticide General Permit

2015 - NYS DEC Management of Invasive Species General Permit

2015 - NYS DEC Confined Animal Feeding Operations General Permit

Lake News JUL 26th

Columbia-Greene Lakes Coalition Meeting

Hudson Valley area lake associations don't miss the annual Columbia-Greene Lakes Association Meeting.  Special thanks to NYSFOLA Board member Terri Mayhew, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Columbia & Greene Counties, for organizing this once again.

"Surveys, Drones, and Action Thresholds" - Brad Bowers, SOLitude Lake Management

"Moving Beyond Invasive Species Week" - Kristopher Williams, CAP-MO PRISM

NYSFOLA Reports

Lake Roundtable updates

Light breakfast fare and lunch will be provided

Where:  Sleepy Hollow Lake Lodge 102 Lisa Lane, Athens, NY

When:  Friday August 24th

Time:  9:30AM to 2:00PM

RSVP:  Theresa Mayhew tcm5@cornell.edu by August 21

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