CSLAP Protocol & Forms


CSLAP Sampling Protocol - This document describes the CSLAP equipment and on-lake sampling procedures.  It also explains the paperwork, on-shore sample processing and provides instructions for shipping samples to the laboratory. 

CSLAP Training Videos - Do you need a refresher course on any part of the sampling protocol?  Watch the video starring DEC's own Scott A. Kishbaugh.  


CSLAP Waiver Forms -Waiver forms must be signed by all volunteers who participate in the program.  If their name appears on the Sampling Record Form, Observation Form, or Chain of Custody Form, we need to have a Waiver Form on file!  Parents or legal guardians must co-sign for any minors.

CSLAP Protocol Do's and Don'ts - Take a look at Nancy's 2012 conference presentation to learn how to avoid the most common CSLAP errors. 

CSLAP Observation Form - Aesthetic & recreational use observations and Health & Safety observations.

CSLAP Sampling Record Form - Secchi readings, sounding depth, date & time of sampling, air & water temperature, weather and other observations.

CSLAP Blank Chain of Custody Sheet - Regular CSLAP samples only.  Do not use for Harmful Algal Bloom samples.       

Celsius-Fahrenheit Conversion Table - Remember that all CSLAP temperature data needs to be in degrees C.  Used the wrong thermometer?  Convert the data before sending it to Nancy!

English-Metric Length Conversion Table - If you're still measuring Sounding Depth or Secchi readings in FEET, you need need a new Secchi tape, and/or you need to convert the units before sending the data to Nancy.  Remember that all CSLAP length measurements should be in METERS.

CSLAP Plant Sampling ProtocolCSLAP Sampling Record Form - This document has instructions for the optional full lake plant sampling process. There ar e also instructions for submitting plants for identification.  (Hint:  Take a picture first!)

AIS Shoreline Plant Sampling Protocol - This approach is for those who want to assess the presence or absence of aquatic invasive species (AIS), rather than trying to determine the population of plants in the lake. This survey is less complex and requires less time than the full CSLAP plant survey.

More supplemental forms

NYSFOLA and NYSDEC have provided additional sampling protocols and forms to help better understand our NYS lakes, their uses and conditions.

Lake Level Survey is simpling tracking the level of the lakes to see how it changes seasonally, after rainstorms, and over time.   Click for the form and instructions.

Zebra Mussel Monitoring helps us understand the spread of the invasive zebra mussel.   It's just as important to know where they are not!  This is easy to do!  Click for instructions


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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