The Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) was implemented in 1986 and is a cooperative effort between NYSFOLA and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. It is a scientific and educational program in which citizen volunteers from NYSFOLA member lake associations collect information about their lakes.
Volunteers receive training and peform Secchi disk transparency readings, collect water samples to be analyzed at a certified laboratory, and communicate the conditions of the lake at the time of each sampling. Volunteers may also submit aquatic plant samples; take lake level measurements; monitor for invasive species; conduct surveys; and provide other valuable information about the condition of their lake. The data that is collected is useful for both the individual lake and the overall state assessment of lake water quality.
Click on the other tabs under the CSLAP heading to get more details about this program.
Photos courtesy of the Kirk Lake Watershed Association