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SOA Funds to Protect and Preserve the Lake

The SOA has three charitable purpose funds to protect the lake, all of which are held and managed by the Adirondack Foundation, a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization.

Help maintain Lake Placid’s pristine shoreline and water

Learn more about the challenges facing the Lake.

Invasive Species Prevention Fund

The Invasive Species Prevention Fund for Placid Lake was originally named the Lake Steward Fund but was amended in 2018 to include the prevention and control of invasive species in Placid Lake. As part of its continued commitment to preserve the ecological health of the lake, donations to this Fund support (1) lake stewards who inspect boats and operate the boat washing station, and (2) divers hired annually to harvest invasive species from the lake once they are detected. The goal is to have sufficient funds to continue programs that are needed to combat invasive species in Placid Lake.

The SOA is thoroughly committed to preserving the health of Lake Placid’s Ecology. We have established a fund used exclusively for the prevention and control of invasive species in Placid Lake. This fund supports the Adirondack Watershed Institute stewards who inspect boats and operate the boat washing station, and the divers who harvest invasive species from the lake once they are detected. In 2018 divers harvested more than 1000 pounds of milfoil from Lake Placid, significantly more than in prior years. Increased efforts are required to control the spread and prevent further invasion. Consequences of infestation are severe — from degraded water quality and recreational opportunities to declining property values and tourism revenues.

Your support will help protect the health of Lake Placid and preserve its legacy for generations.

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The SOA manages two additional charitable funds.

SOA of Lake Placid Fund

The SOA of Lake Placid Fund is an endowment fund that has limits on the amount that can be spent in any given year. Its purpose is to grow over time and be available to meet unanticipated expenditures. The primary purpose of the fund is to maintain the integrity of the Dam so that the lake water remains at a constant level. It is often referred to as the Harry Voege fund in honor of the shore owner who made the bequest that initiated the fund.

ACT for Lake Placid Protection Fund

The ACT for Lake Placid Protection Fund is an endowment fund used by the SOA to educate the community about invasive species and to control the spread. This fund enables the SOA to finance unanticipated expenses or emergencies in our efforts to control and remove invasive species from Placid Lake.