The CSLAP collects water samples from Sodus Bay but does so less frequently than Dr. Boyer and his team from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) who perform most of the water testing for SOS. All the test results are forwarded to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for a statewide picture.
NYSFOLA has been a statewide voice for lakes since 1983, and remain committed to continuing to serve that function going forward.
NYSFOLA 2017 Plan:
Enhance CSLAP by eliminating the rotation system and providing more opportunity for aquatic invasive species surveys, data interpretation, and communication with volunteers. We continue to support DEC in the effort to detect, sample, and alert our members about Harmful Algal Blooms.
Upgrade the NYSFOLA Annual Conference
Upgrade the NYSFOLA Annual Conference. We are working on a new format this year. We have moved the banquet to Friday night to increase attendance and will end the conference on Saturday afternoon to reduce costs and allow people to head home earlier. We hope that the new format will also allow us to look for other venues around the state to increase participation by new members.
Support the Oneonta Foundation
Continue to support the Oneonta Foundation to fund graduate students in their efforts to prepare lake management plans for lakes across the state. They have provided valuable assistance to many of our members, and they are the future of lake management.
Develop Better Support Materials for Members
Develop better materials on how to form and manage lake associations, fundraising activities, membership recruitment, etc. In short, we need to do even more for our member lake associations!
Address Members' Concerns
Continue to answer your questions and concerns even as more time constraints are put on our part-time manager, Nancy Mueller who is also charged with running the day-to-day CSLAP needs. She continues to be the day-to-day voice of NYSFOLA and provides immeasurable service to lake advocates around the state.
Participate in Regional Activities and Be The Voice for NY Lakes
Participate in regional activities and “be the voice for NY lakes” by having a greater statewide presence. Increasingly, NYSFOLA is being asked to enter in collaborative projects with colleges, regional lake groups, and the PRISM activities. This raises our profile and makes our “voice” louder than ever.
Influence Elected Officials to Protect Water Resources
Continue to impress upon elected officials the need to protect water resources. Continue dialogue with regulatory agencies about the need to prepare and implement thoughtful regulations and permit requirements.
Learn more at www.nysfola.org.