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 MAR 12th

Regional HAB Summits Set

Harmful Algal Bloom Summit Information 

The last two HAB Summit Public sessions are coming up.  If you missed the first two, you can watch them here:    The remaining two will also be live streamed and recorded.  

North Country HAB Summit

Tuesday, March 20 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Best Western Ticonderoga

260 Burgoyne Road

Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Western New York
Monday, March 26 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, SUNY Monroe Community College, the Forum

1000 East Henrietta Road

Rochester, New York 14623 
Free parking in campus lots N and M

At these summits, nation-leading experts will work with local steering committees to begin development of tailored action plans to address the causes of algal blooms in the twelve priority waterbodies across the state. The action plans developed for each waterbody will be used to guide the development and implementation of priority projects, including new monitoring and treatment technologies. The action plans will be complete by the end of May and the lessons learned through these action plans will be applied to other impacted waterbodies.


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