At 32 miles in length, with 550 billion gallons of water and a variety of conditions from community to community, Lake George is best served by the watchful gaze of citizens all around the Lake, with many hands and eyes keeping track of conditions and protecting the water.
For that purpose, the Lake George Association created our Citizen Science program.
Our members and our friends participate in programs to monitor lake quality, area wildlife, stream health, and invasive species.
All of the data that the citizen scientists bring us (or that the Lake George Association staff collects) on streams, on lake conditions, on wildlife or other subjects is used to make important management decisions now and in the future to help protect the Lake and its wildlife.
Some of the programs we currently have are:
- CSLAP — Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program: Volunteers collect data about conditions in various areas of the Lake eight times a season in order to help assess the Lake’s overall health.
- WAVE — Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators: WAVE is a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation project that the LGA manages locally. The LGA offers training and equipment to citizen scientists to collect valuable water quality data from New York streams and rivers.
- Invaders Watch — in conjunction with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, the LGA regularly seeks volunteers for our Invaders Watch program. Citizen scientists help the LGA — and the larger Adirondack community — protect the Lake from new invasions of aquatic invasive species by watching their own shorelines.
- Asian Clam Citizen Science Day — In 2016, the LGA invited citizen scientists — or potential citizen scientists — to join us in the first of what is expected to be our annual Asian Clam Citizen Science Day in Sandy Bay.
- Loon Monitoring — The LGA is the local coordinator for the Adirondack loon census, which takes place annually.
If you have any questions about these programs, please call 518-668-3558 and talk with our Education staff, or email LGA Education Director Kristen Wilde.