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
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.
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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