• Tom Luciano on the Starbuckville Dam

    Tom Luciano, Chairman and Commissioner of the Schroon Lake Park District, was the guest speaker at ESSLA’s June member meeting. He gave us a history of the dam, which is owned by the Schroon Lake Park District (SLPD) and controls the water level of the Schroon.  The taxing district was legislatively

  • ESSLA in Action: Floating Classroom

    A boatful of passengers set sail from the Word of Life dock for a three-hour tour of Schroon Lake on ESSLA’s Floating Classroom on Wednesday, July 11. Their knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides were Jaimie and Jake of the Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI), an ESSLA partner. Before launch, Jaimie and Jake led

  • Make a Splash for Schroon and Join ESSLA!

    Summer is here and Schroon Lake is beautiful. Will it stay that way? That is up to you and me. Protecting our lake, river and watershed is a job no one person can do alone. We need a team pulling together to protect this beautiful area. That team is the

  • Off the Rails: Railcar Storage Controversy Update

    The Iowa Pacific Railroad appears to be running off the rails in the Adirondack Park. Iowa Pacific leases tracks between Corinth and North Creek from Warren County to operate a scenic passenger service. It also owns another 30 miles of tracks between North Creek and Tahawus, known as the Sanford

  • Lake Steward Funding for 2019 and Beyond

    The grant currently funding boat stewards at Horicon launch runs out this year. BY STEPHEN EHLERS For the past three years ESSLA has been the beneficiary of a $100,000 State grant which has helped to pay for boat stewards at the DEC launch in Horicon.  That grant funding runs out

  • 9 Steps to Living Lake Friendly

    A healthy lake is like mom and homemade apple pie. We all love them. Our lake deserves the love too, and keeping a lake healthy is the responsibility of everyone in the watershed. If you’re feeling like you want to give our beautiful Schroon Lake some TLC, here are some

  • 3 Questions with Jim Lieberum

    In each issue of The Pearl we pose three questions to an ESSLA partner in protecting the Schroon Lake watershed. This time it’s Jim Lieberum, District Manager for the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District. Q1: Your Warren County agency administers the harvesting of Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) in Schroon

  • Don’t Move a Mussel: Boat Stewards Save Schroon Lake From Invasive Species

    By Gary Karl Boat stewards intercepted boats carrying five different aquatic invasive species (AIS) before they entered the Schroon Lake watershed during the 2017 boating season. The Town of Horicon’s stewards stopped: 21 boats carrying curly-leaf pondweed 10 boats with Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) AWI collected data from over 97,000 boat

  • My Gut Reaction to Roundup

    By Rich Seegal, Ph.D. My gut level reaction is not solely due to being absolutely ticked off at Monsanto for their decades of Fake News stating that Roundup (RU) is the best thing since sliced white bread. It is also due to the fact that RU disrupts the bacteria in

  • Denying the Obvious

    By Gary L. Karl ESSLA does everything we can to keep invasive species (IS) out of the Schroon Lake watershed. We support boat inspections and washes to keep aquatic IS like hydrilla, zebra mussels, Asian clams, quagga mussels, curly leaf pondweed, and spiny waterflea from entering our beautiful lakes. We