• Banking On It

    By Gary L. Karl Horicon Town Supervisor Matt Simpson urges you to vote “yes” on the land bank amendment to the state Constitution. The “land bank” is officially called the Public Health and Safety Land Account and will be Ballot Proposal #3 this election day. And please don’t confuse the

  • Fall 2017 Conservationist for Kids

    Fall 2017 Issue of Conservationist for Kids Now Online The Fall 2017 issue of Conservationist for Kids is now available on our website. This issue introduces students to the topic of climate change, including its causes and effects. Students will also learn about ways to measure and reduce their “carbon footprint” and its impact on

  • Tick Tock

    Tick Tock by Richard F. Seegal, Ph.D Yes, that’s the sound a clock makes. But “tick” also refers to the insect responsible for many persistent and serious infections, which is a “timely” issue for us here in the Adirondacks. There are several different tick-borne diseases. This article will focus on

  • Northern Schroon Boat Decon Station

    ESSLA, SLA and PLA came together to purchase a boat decontamination station positioned at the northern end of Schroon Lake to further protect our waters. The Horicon boat decon station, spearheaded by ESSLA and the Town of Horicon, is the busiest in the Adirondacks, but for Lake George. This is

  • DEC WAVE Program

      ESSLA Board Member John Greening is a citizen scientist and certified Citizen Program Coordinator for  DEC’s WAVE program (Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators), which gathers data for the agency’s Waterbody Inventory. Here John explains the WAVE program and invites you to volunteer to help him collect and interpret water

  • Don’t Fawn Over Your Lawn

    By Richard F. Seegal, Ph.D. Schroon Lake has deer on the bordering roads, as well as lawns bordering the lake!   We cannot do much about this ruminant population, but we can do something about keeping our lawns healthy while keeping the lake safe.  Remember the old, but still true adage: 

  • Straight Poop on Septic Systems

    Board member and Aquatic Invasive Coordinator Ev McNeil represented ESSLA at the spring meeting of the New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA), where spokespersons for the DEC, various municipalities, exhibitors  and members focused on 46  different challenges affecting our lakes.  Ev filed this report summarizing a presentation by

  • Lost ‘n Found

    July 2, 2017 :  Lost –  green Old Town canoe with one oar in the bottom.  The oar has a wooden cross piece on the top – which is a little unusual so may be a good identification ~ jonedmans@yahoo.com June 28, 2017 – Found  – paddleboat  washed ashore 316

  • State Boating Safety Course

    ATTENTION young boaters ages 10 to 17 you need a boating license to operate a  Personal Water Craft on New York State lakes. Thad Smith is conducting the New York State Boating Safety Course on July 6 & 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Dynamite Hill

  • The RoundUp Cover-Up

    By Richard F. Seegal, Ph.D. Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world. In 2013 more than 300 million pounds were used in the United States, primarily to control weeds in large scale farming. Other countries, particularly in South America and Asia, use even more Roundup.  The manufacturer,