ESSLA is a member-supported non-profit that was founded to preserve, protect and improve the waters and shorelines of the Schroon Lake/River area. Our members include residents, visitors and organizations sharing a common goal of protecting the pristine natural beauty of Schroon Lake so it continues to be the “Pearl” of the Adirondacks for generations to come. Continual monitoring, identifying and harvesting of invasive species is the heart of our mission.
Through the generous support of our members, volunteers and your financial contributions we can assure our lake remains pure. There a is timelessness and consistency that surrounds our lake and river that we as an organization are committed to maintaining at the highest level.
Preservation of our Pristine Lake and River
ESSLA is committed to preserving the high quality and clarity of our lake and river waters for the enjoyment of its residents and visitors today and generations to come. The successful future of Schroon Lake/River water and ecology lies primarily in our ability to properly protect it from upland impacts and to minimize the adverse consequences of invasive species.
Protecting Our Waters From Invasive Species and New Threats
Schroon Lake currently maintains a well-balanced aquatic plant community; however, there are existing populations of invasive Eurasian milfoil and curly-leaf pondweed. Left unchecked it can take over a lake in a few short years, impacting fishing, swimming and boating. ESSLA’s “Milfoil Scout Program” along with a professional surveillance and harvesting program actively manages these invasive species with tremendous success, yet the problem still persists.
Educational Programs on Aquatic Health and Safety
Schroon Lake/River is a beautiful and vibrant body of water that offers a variety of recreational and aesthetic opportunities. Our enjoyment of these waters depends on the quality of the lake itself. ESSLA is active in research and implementing new methods to address current and potential threats to the lake, river and water quality. Join our floating classroom to learn about lake protection and ecology and what you can do to help keep our lake healthy.
Outreach and Collaboration with State and Local Organizations
ESSLA is at the forefront of a shared vision to protect Schroon Lake/River. We have been recognized for our outstanding local stewardship programs. ESSLA members’ knowledge, experience, dedication and hard work in collaboration with municipalities, state and local agencies and organizations is committed to the long-term protection, management and preservation of Schroon Lake/River.
Fun Beyond Our Waters with “Our Healthy Lake”
ESSLA’S educational outreach initiative has generated a new and exciting booklet for youngsters 8 through the teens. An Activity Book entitled “Our Healthy Lake” is anchored by a Dr. Suess type rhyme and contains 28 fun elements including mazes, crossword puzzles, word identification, Sudoku, finding hidden figures, matching letters and symbols, origami, etc. All the elements are challenging and instructive regarding what it takes to keep a natural resource (The Lake) healthy for all to enjoy for FREE! (Authors : Vince Blando and Gretchen Marcell)
Suspect Suspicious Plants?
Email the ESSLA hotline address to report suspicious plants in or near the lake.