Through their 2019 Addendum, the Schroon Lake Steering Committee updated and expanded the Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan in three fundamental ways. (You can read the Plan and the Addendum here.) This post looks at the second.
The original Plan identified four “priority issues” for Schroon Lake:
- stormwater runoff mitigation;
- aquatic invasive species management and prevention;
- highway maintenance (for example, use of sand and salt for road de-icing purposes); and
- homeowner education and outreach (about septic, runoff, fertilizer use near the shore, etc.)
Although progress was made in the decade since the original Plan was published, more remains to be done, and these issues continue to be priorities for the Steering Committee.
Over time, new issues emerged, so in their 2019 Addendum, the Steering Committee added three new priority issues for the Schroon Lake watershed:
- terrestrial invasive species;
- fisheries management; and
- lake water level.
Terrestrial invasive species can harm the environment, use and enjoyment of the lake, property values, and even human health. (Learn about invasives of concern on our Terrestrial Invasive Species page.)
Schroon Lake can support cold-, cool- and warm-water fisheries, but they are vulnerable to changes in the lake resulting from the other six priority issues.
Schroon Lake is subject to wide variations in water level that can impair lake access, destabilize shorelines, promote erosion, damage lakefront property, and adversely affect many species and their habitats.