Thanks to a generous grant from the International Paper Foundation, the Lake George Association will continue our citizen science water sampling program for the 2019 summer season.
The IP Foundation has awarded the Lake George Association $1,540 to support the efforts to understand current water conditions in Lake George and chart changes over time using the Citizen Statewide Lake Assessment Program. CSLAP is managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Federation of Lake Associations. LGA Education Director Kristen Wilde is on the NYSFOLA Board of Directors.
The CSLAP water sampling partnership has three major objectives:
- collect lake data for lakes throughout the state,
- identify lake problems, potential problems, and changes in water quality,
- educate the public about their role in lake conservation and protection.
The program delivers high-quality data on water conditions to the DEC that help identify potential problems before they become actual problems and track conditions over time.
“The financial support from the IP Foundation assists the Lake George Association in its continued focus on monitoring water quality,” said Wilde, “and supports our volunteer citizen scientists in their efforts.”
“Each time we sample, we get a glimpse of human and natural influences on our 550 billion gallon Lake, which help the management process and inform decisions about how best to protect the water,” Wilde said.
The citizen scientists visit the same site every other week for eight sampling events between June and October. They perform water clarity tests with a Secchi disk, collect water samples to be analyzed for certain chemicals, and communicate the conditions of the Lake at the time of each sampling. The samples are sent to a New York State laboratory for analysis.
The CSLAP water sampling program performed by the LGA fulfills double duty for Lake George – it is an early indicator of potential concerns both in shallow water and in deep water, because samples are drawn from both areas. It is also being used by state scientists for analysis about the potential formation of Harmful Algal Blooms.
“Protecting water quality and scientific monitoring are two parts of the overall mission of the Lake George Association, which is supported by thousands of members and friends,” said Walt Lender, Executive Director of the Lake George Association. “It is thanks to support from organizations like the IP Foundation and other donors and members that we are able to perform this testing, which we started in 2004,” said Lender.
Part of the grant also was used to purchase a new Kemmerer water sampler bottle for the LGA staff to use this season.
About International Paper: International Paper strives to reach its vision to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where its employees live and work. Funding priority is given to programs related to its signature causes: education, hunger, health & wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve the planet. For more information, visit ipgiving.com.
The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, scientific monitoring, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.
All the money raised by the Lake George Association stays in the Lake George watershed, and is used to support and fund projects and programs that protect Lake George water quality now and in the future.