2017 : The Waters


For Park Becomes Center of Water Quality Research in the NE

Park Becomes Center of Water Quality Research in the NE

Water quality and supply is the biggest short term problem in the world. The science of water quality needs a lot of work and it turns out the Park, which has large flows of freshwater descending from the mountain dome though lake and river systems with hamlets and villages is an ideal place for researchers in this newly rich field.

Influenced Scenarios



New Survey of 400 Lakes Funded

The 2022 NYS budget includes $500,000 to survey more than 400 lakes.  Six universities provided a proposal.  This will be the first large scale survey for climate effects since the acid rain work decades ago.

Read the article about the project.

Lake George Envrio Groups Merge

The The Lake George Association and the Fund for Lake George are becoming one group.  They  were both about $1.5 million with a handful of staff.  The two organizations were frequently confused.

Read about the merger here.

Harmful Alge Bloom on Mirror Lake in LP

A alge bloom developed on Mirror Lake in LP at the same time as the bloom in Lake  George.  It was on the south end of the lake near the public beach.

Read the story here

Harmful Alge Bloom in Lake George

Harris Bay in Lake George is the site of a harmful alge bloom.

Read about the story here.

Lake George Jefferson Project Report Issued

The IBM project continues and now has 500 sensors deployed.  The monitor physical, biological and chemical conditions.

Read the news story here.
The project website and the report can be found here.

Boquet River Attracting Salmon Runs Again

Removal of the old dam in Willsboro has begun to attract salmon runs again for the first time since the mill dam was built in the 1800s.

Read the news article here.

Lake George Aims to Cut Salt on Roads

The use of road salt on winter roads will be reduced in Lake George.

Read the news story here.

Paul Smiths Publishes Innovative DNA Technique

A professor and student published a method to detect brook trout DNA in a stream using water samples, no need to actually find the fish.

You can read about the paper and the findings here.

ADK Lake and River Symposium Held at Paul Smiths

The second annual symposium (2016) addressed work on invasives, storm water and road salt.  Over 60 lake and river associations are part of this group.

Read the news story here.
Visit the alliance web site here.

Lake George to be fully instrumented

Through a partnership with IBM, RPI, and the FUND for Lake George, The Jefferson Project will create a comprehensive modeling and monitoring system of the lake.

Read the announcement of the project here

The State has now committed $500,000 to support the project and finish implementation of the sensors. 

Read the news story here

Lake Champlain Basin Program Will Monitor Toxins from Blue-Green Algae

Lake Champlain's Basin Program will begin testing water and fish for mercury and other toxins from active cyanobacteria blooms. 

Read the news story here

DEC's Sees Success From Sea-Lamprey Treatments in Lake Champlain

The pesticide chemical applications that were applied to various areas of Lake Champlain and tributaries in 2015 have shown evidence of success in improved conditions for landlocked Atlantic Salmon and brook trout. Fisherman have reported improved populations for both species. 

Read the news story here

First Lake Association Symposium Held Regarding State of Adirondack Waterbodies

Government officials, scientists, and representatives from lake associations and steward programs met at the first Lake Association Symposium to learn about the state of Adirondack Waterbodies and to raise awareness to improve the future outlook.  Three main topics discussed were acidification from air pollution, nutrient loading from local land use, and salinization from road salt. 

Read the news story here

Innovative Septic System Tested in Lake George

The new system has a very small footprint so it can be used on small lake front lots.

Read the news story here.

Willsboro to Remove Boquet River Dam

The town board voted to remove rather than repair/replace the old mill dam in the center of town.  The fish will benefit enormously.

Read the news story here.

More Science Work on Road Salt

A recent conference highlights current science and plans.

Read the news story here.

Lake George 'Smart Lake' Project Underway

Read the "State of the Lake" report.  The lake is "in remarkably good condition"

Read the news update story here.

Testing and Fishing Shows Acid Rain Impacts Declining

The efforts to reduce midwest air pollution have worked.

Read the news story here.

New Lab Coming for Lake George Data

The smart lake project will bring real time data to the lab which will be able to produce 3D models of the lake.

Read the news story here.

New Approach to Controlling Mussels

This new research effort has lots of promise to control the spread of mussels.

Read the news story here.

Lake Trout Research Program at Follensby Pond

A new lake trout decline research program has been launched at Follensby Pond.

Read the news story here.

Experimental Porous Pavement Project Appears Successful

An experimental project in Lake George aims to reduce storm water runoff using porous paving material.  It appears to have winter ice reduction benefits too.

Read the news story here.

Brian Houseal to Run SUNY ESF Adk Ecology Ctr in Newcomb

The SUNY ESF Adk Ecological Research Center will be led by Brian Houseal, formerly Exec Dir of the Adirondack Council.  The center runs a 15,000 research property in Newcomb.

Read news about the announcement here.

$345k EPA Grant for Wetland Citizen Science

The EPA approved a $345,000 grant for wetlands research using citizen science.  It will be run by SUNY ESF.

Read the EPA press release here.

Smart phones to help identify and map invasives

The hope is to engage more people in the fight.  They can find, identify, GIS tag and report infestations.

You can read the news article here.

Clarkson to Research Pollution Impact on Property Values

A team at Clarkson has a grant to do this work over 2 years, covering 26 counties.  The team has done similar research before on the impact of the presence of loons on a lake. 

Read the news.

For Park Becomes Center of Water Quality Research in the NE


New Stricter Water Quality Regulations Implemented