Ice On / Ice Off Data

The information on ice on and ice off dates can be useful as an indicator of the current climatic conditions, and over time it can be used to help monitor indications of climate change.  We hope at some point in the future to be able to provide capability for upload and visualization of data.  For now, if you start keeping track of the ice on and ice off data, you can start to build a set of data that can be used for trend analysis.

Some lakes have existing definitiions of ice-on and ice-off dates.  If there's a tradtion, certainly use that and gather any historical records you can find.  If you don't have a tradition, one that is widely used is to declare ice on when the ice prevents someone from boating to the deepest part of the lake from all the points on shore.  Ice off is when you can boat to the deepest  part of the lake from some shorepoint.  

Ice on / ice off data can be entered as part of the electronic data collection  - see CSLAP online.  Or you can note this information on your first CSLAP sampling form of the year, or email it to Nancy Mueller

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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