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 17th

DEC Issues 2017 Finger Lakes Water Quality Report

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Finger Lakes Watershed Hub has released its 2017 Finger Lakes Water Quality Report: Summary of Historic Finger Lakes Data and the 2017 Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program

https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/fl17nochpt.pdf

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