Our Mission

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

Protect 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. Click here to view upcoming meeting dates.

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, such as The Conservationist of the Year Award, 2010. 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.

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Board of Directors

Stephen Ehlers

In 2012 Stephen retired and joined the board. For forty years prior to then he was a senior partner at a law…

Bob Colegrove

Retired in 2009 after a 40 year career in banking and finance. Have owned a house on Schroon Lake since 2001 and currently…

Ev McNeil

Ev & Carol and three boys started building on Schroon in 1979. He was a Sourcing Manager with GE Power Systems in Schenectady. Upon…

Jane B. Smith

Lifetime Upstate NY resident; 15 years in Adirondack. Jane’s professional experience spans a long-time career at management level in both the public and…

Wayne Lewis

Wayne and his wife Ruthann have been year round residents of the Schroon Lake area since 1995. Prior to that, they vacationed at…

Gary Karl

Gary Karl started coming to Schroon Lake with his wife, Debbie, almost 40 years ago. In the ensuing years Gary and Debbie came…

Elli Muller

Gary and I retired to Adirondack in 2009 from Dutchess County. We lived in Stormville and commuted two hours each way to…

Rich Nawrot

Richard Nawrot retired after a long civil service career at both Federal and State Government Agencies. Originally from Buffalo He and…

Eric Messer


Eric Messer joined the ESSLA Board in 2016. He lives locally with his wife Karalie and their two children. Eric works at…

Mike Purdy

Retired career Middle School Educator, math teacher and principal. After many years of camping in the Adirondacks, moved full time to the Adirondack…

Karen Schmieder

Founder of a Court Reporting and Legal Support Services business and co-founder of Broadcast TV + Video Production company. A property owner in…

Ross Schoembs

Retired Human Resources professional with a background in organizational development, talent acquisition, training and development, employee relations, compensation and benefits.Currently consulting with Common…


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