CSLAP Aquatic Plant Survey

Understanding what plants are in your lake can be helpful to understand the health of your lake.  In some lakes, the type and abundance of plants can support healthy fisheries, protect the lake bottom from waves, and support interesting benthic animals. It's also important to know if you have an invasive plant in your lake.  The earlier an invasive species is found, the more likely that an effective control approach can be implemented.  Also, knowing where invasive plants are found can help limit their spread.

The Plant Sampling Protocol describes how to sample the plants in your lake.  This approach discusses how to get a sense of the density and community of plants in your lake.

If you do not have time to do the full plant sampling protocol, you can also sample for the presence or absence of specific plants.  Instructions on how to do this simple shoreline search can be found in this AIS Shoreline Plant Protocol.

In either case, if you notice a strange or unusual plant in your lake, you don't have to do a complete survey.  Email a photo of the plant to Scott Kishbaugh at scott.kishbaugh@dec.ny.gov  and he will let you know if further investigation is warranted. 


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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