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 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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