• Purple Loosestrife Management Program

    ESSLA Board Member and Chair of the Committee on Terrestrials and Adopt-A-Highway, Elli Muller, will be working with Warren County Soil and Water and Essex County Soil and Water collecting Purple Loosestrife beetles.  She is putting out the call for volunteers to help collect the bugs and place onto the

  • Managing 73 Billion Gallons of H20

    Lake Water Level and the Starbuckville Dam Schroon Lake was formed when glacial rubble dammed an ancient valley, creating a 4,000-acre, 9-mile long basin. Actually there are two basins, separated by “The Narrows.” The watershed surrounding our lake is 202,575 acres, going from lake elevation of 807 feet to its summit

  • Clean Water and Air

    Clean water is without a doubt the most important ecological and economic resource in the Adirondack Park. Our many ponds, lakes, rivers and streams provide for habitat, drinking water and recreation. Property values are intrinsically tied to the water bodies they border.  Acidification from air pollution has for long wreaked

  • ADK Lakes Alliance Finds Strength in Numbers

    Lake and river associations within the Adirondack Park have long been the first responders in identifying and combating threats to our water quality and riparian ecosystems.  Local governments are being significantly challenged by the potential economic impact these threats pose. There are some 235 lakes, rivers and ponds within our

  • Lake Level Monitoring

    ESSLA Board member Rich Nawrot continues a dialogue with USGS hydrologist Gary Wall on lake level monitoring. Once the data we have available is analyzed, the hydrologist will come up and present his findings and conduct a discussion/meeting on the lake level issue.  That meeting is now set with the

  • Road Salt – The Next Acid Rain?

    While salt (sodium chloride) is great on an ear of corn, road salt is very bad for our Lake and River. You might think that since our lake ‘flushes’ itself every five months or so that it would not be a problem for us, but indeed it is. Most Adirondack

  • Maple Sugaring in the Adirondacks

    Maple Sugaring in the Adirondacks Spring 2016 As winter gives way to thaw, maple sugaring season comes alive in the Adirondacks. Groves of “sugar bushes” or maple trees are sporting taps with pails or plastic lines to collect the sweet sap. The Sugar Maple is New York’s “official tree,” so it’s

  • ESSLA Turns 50 This Year!

    In 1966, in the living rooms of a few concerned citizens residing on the east shore of Schroon Lake, ESSLA was born, These pro-active citizens saw what the impact humanity was having on   waters and lands surrounding Schroon Lake and decided to do something about it. Today ESSLA boasts numerous

  • The Sugar Shanty

    (A Short Story) Nestled in the woods of an old growth maple woods sets a shack made of tin and lumber. It is quite some distance from the main road, and past the rutted tractor path, that in years past guided a team of horses. The path ends abruptly now

  • Brrr Cold Monday Morning

    November 23, 2015 Woke up this morning to one of our colder mornings in the 20s and it feels like it! No wind so that is a plus. It is bright and sunny and just a beautiful day. The dam is opened for the winter season so the water level