Steering Committee Turbocharges Watershed Management Plan

The Schroon Lake Steering Committee has updated the Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan in the form of an Addendum.

The Steering Committee published the original Plan in 2010. It was a comprehensive, 120-page look at the “State of Schroon Lake” that became a model for other lakes and rivers in the Adirondack Park. The Plan identified specific actions for local governments, lake associations and homeowners to take to protect the lake.

In the years since, even as goals in the original Plan were achieved, new issues emerged. So the Steering Committee reconvened to update the Plan. The result:  the Addendum to the Plan, which the Steering Committee published in fall 2019.

ESSLA’s Rich Nawrot co-chaired the Steering Committee. Says Rich, “We had a great group that worked over a year to compile the Addendum. I think everyone who cares about Schroon Lake and the watershed should feel good about our work product. I thank everyone who participated in our process.”

The members of the Steering Committee are the Supervisors of the three towns bordering the lake (Horicon, Chester and Schroon) and representatives of ESSLA and the Schroon Lake Association. Beth Gilles, Executive Director of the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board, served as the Steering Committee’s expert and consultant.

Paradox Lake Association, Schroon Lake Park District, Warren and Essex Counties Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Warren County Planning Department, and private citizens also contributed to the effort.

The Addendum expands the original Plan in three ways. First, it expands the geographic area covered by the Plan to include the Upper and Lower Schroon River, Paradox Lake and more uplands. 

Second, the Addendum addresses three new priority issues:  terrestrial invasive species; fisheries management; and lake water level.

Third, the Addendum lists a new series of recommendations, implementation strategies, and timetables in seven areas:

  1. Stormwater runoff mitigation
  2. Erosion control
  3. Aquatic invasive species management
  4. Water quality monitoring
  5. Fisheries management
  6. Wastewater 
  7. Municipal operations

The Plan and the Addendum are posted on this page. We will be exploring the Addendum in installments on our blog and in our digital newsletter, the Mini Pearl. (Subscribe for free on our website.)