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 OCT 9th

23rd Western Regional Conference October 21, 2017

Join us on Silver Lake in Wyoming County.  The gathering includes a buffet style lunch and great talks. TO REGISTER:  GO TO THE EVENTS TAB AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.  AND SCROLL DOWN TO REGIONAL CONFERENCES.  

The deadline for registration will be Oct 12th, 2017.

Program:

1. Panel Discussion - Faculty and staff  from SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, the University of  Buffalo, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) will discuss ways that lake associations can use college programs and expertise  more effectively.

2. Dr. Joseph Atkinson, Chair , Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Buffalo will talk about ongoing research on harmful algal blooms in Sodus Bay, Lake Ontario.

3. Doug Conroe, Chautauqua Lake Association, talks about collaborative efforts with academic institutions..

4. Meg Wilkinson, Invasive Species Database Program Coordinator, NY Natural Heritage Program, shows how to use the IMAP Invasive System smartphone app. Assisting her in the “show and tell “ program will be students from  the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and the RIT. 

 

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