Forming and Managing a Lake Association
What is a Lake Association?
In New York, the phrase "lake association" can mean many different things. There are large, incorporated associations such as the Lake George Association and small associations like the Butterfield Lake Cottage Owners Association. What is common to all these groups is a desire to bond people together who share the use of a lake.
Forming a Lake Association
There are many good guides to forming lake associations that have been developed in other states, and we won't "reinvent the wheel" on this page.
NH Department of Environmental Services: Give Your Lake a Voice: Create a Lake Association- http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/wmb/documents/wmb-20.pdf
Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide: Organizing a Lake Association-http://www.shorelandmanagement.org/quick/ol.html
Washington State Department of Ecology: How to Form a Lake Association - http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/lakes/LakeAssociation.html
Wisconsin Lakes: Starting a Lake Group - http://www.wisconsinlakes.org/index.php/starting-a-lake-group
If you can find a copy of this now out-of-print book, it is a very good reference:
Flock, G., J. Taggart, and H. Olem. 1991. Organizing Lake Users: A Practical Guide. Terrene Institute, Washington, DC.
A nice model from Wisconsin: http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Documents/organizations/Lake%20Districts/AppendixA-Model_bylaws.pdf
And some from NY:
Lake Bonaparte Conservation Club - http://lakebonaparte.mylaketown.com/By-Laws
East Shore Schroon Lake Association - http://essla.org/about-2/initial-bylaws/
Melody Lake Association - http://www.stny.info/melodylake/MLA-ByLaws-September-2011.html
Three Lakes Council - http://threelakescouncil.org/AboutUs/Bylaws/tabid/62/Default.aspx
You can find more by going to "About NYSFOLA Members" (under the Membership tab on the home page) and linking directly to member associations' web pages.
Incorporating and Insuring a Lake Association
Many, but not all, New York lake associations have incorporated with 501(c)3 not-for-profit status http://www.dmlp.org/legal-guide/forming-nonprofit-corporation-new-york. You may want to hire an attorney to guide you through the legal steps of the process.
We now refer you to Appendix D of "Diet for a Small Lake: The Expanded Guide to New York State Lake and Watershed Management 2nd Edition" for more information on this topic:
Lake News MAR 12th
Regional HAB Summits Set
Harmful Algal Bloom Summit Information
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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