History of NYSFOLA
The New York State Federation of Lake Associations, Inc. (NYSFOLA) was founded in 1983 by a small consortium of lake associations concerned about a variety of problems facing their lakes. Water quality was of concern to nearly all of the lakes, and there was little information available on methods to combat the increasing presence of aquatic invasive species.
With the assistance of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, NYSFOLA spearheaded the development of the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program. This model statewide volunteer lake monitoring program has since served over 200 New York State lakes, and it remains an important part of NYSFOLA's mission.
Since its founding, NYSFOLA's membership has grown to over 200 lakes throughout the state. Each year, NYSFOLA invites its members to attend an annual conference that brings together lake managers from government, academia and the corporate sector to share new technologies and case studies in lake management.
In 1990, NYSFOLA and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation again collaborated to collect the best lake management information in a single publication entitled "Diet for a Small Lake: A New Yorker's Guide to Lake Management." Since its publication, "Diet..." has been shipped all over the world and has been used by lake associations, colleges and professional lake managers.
In 1993, NYSFOLA became the New York State Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society thus bringing the organization into a broader spectrum of lake related issues and making its members' voices heard at the national level.
NYSFOLA is actively involved in many lake management issues and is a partner in the state's Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring program. Members of its Board of Directors have served on a number of lake-related advisory groups including the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel, the NYS Invasive Species Task Force and the NYS Water Management Advisory Committee.