Invasive Species Prevention Fund of Placid Lake
The LPSOA is thoroughly committed to preserving the health of Lake Placid’s Ecology. The Invasive Species Prevention Fund accomplishes this task by preventing the spread of invasive species and protecting Lake Placid’s pristine water quality. Invasive Species Prevention is the LPSOA’s most significant expense, with costs exceeding annual dues revenue. The LPSOA pursues grant opportunities, but the program could not be successful without the support of our members and neighbors.
Lake Placid now has a Boat Wash Station, located next to the DEC launch. It is available for everyone, free of charge, 7 days a week, from Memorial day to Labor day thanks to the joint partnership of the Town of North Elba and the LPSOA, which applied for and was awarded a $193,000 New York state grant in 2016. The Boat Wash is staffed, so just pull up and watch your boat's exterior and bilge get cleaned by 140-plus-degree water. In fewer than ten minutes you can help keep the waters of Lake Placid safe. It's a great way to get you boat washed, and help fight the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Be sure to use the Wash Station at the boat ramp to clean your boat prior to launch and prevent the spread of invasive species!
The LPSOA has been involved with the Paul Smith Steward program since 2000. Milfoil extraction is an expensive undertaking for any small organization, which makes the Steward Program a smart choice. The coverage expanded over the years as the Invasive species threat grew. There are now spiny flea and other micro-organisms that can’t be seen but cause irreversible damage. Luckily, the boat wash station that can deal with this.
The Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program Report and Lake Steward Report below provide more details about the lake, water quality, and Lake Steward Program.
Everyone Can Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species
On your boat, obey the Mantra: Clean, Drain, Dry. Visually inspect and wash/dry boat, flush bilge, empty bait bucket, draining live well, dispose of unused bait. The LPSOA operates a portable boat wash station at the harbor's public boat launch site. Please use these facilities to help keep our lake pristine!
Invasive Species on your Boat
The following are photos of Invasive Species found on boats attempting to launch in Lake Placid last year. Do your part!
Invasive Species at your Home
Keep nutrients out of the lake. Encourage natural buffers, discourage waterfowl, diligently maintain septic system avoid fertilizer.
The LPSOA works with representatives from the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program to identify clusters of invasive yellow iris and arrange permission from shoreowners to treat and remove the plants. Wondering if your yellow irises are native or invasive? Pull one plant out at the root and break the root in half. If the inside of the root is white, it is native. If the inside of the root is pink, peach or orange-hued, it is invasive.
Each year volunteers from the LPSOA membership participate in a shoreline survey of Lake Placid to monitor plants growing on the lake bed. Identifying changes, both native and invasive is key to staying ahead of the invasive threat. This task is well suited to paddlers as the area of concern is the lake floor in less than 15 feet of water.
The LPSOA will conduct a brief volunteer training to introduce survey techniques and highlight the main species of concern. We encourage members to attend to learn about the threats to the lake, and to meet your neighbors. Please see your newsletters for more information.
Tap Water Testing
Only 2.5% of the water on earth is fresh water, and of that only 1% is suitable for drinking. Lake Placid is included in that 1%, classified as an “AA” lake. It is a beautiful resource and it is on us to keep it that way.
Volunteers from the LPSOA perform tap water tests for camp owners to detect coliform and E.Coli, both of which state standards stipulate are zero tolerance. Occasionally positive tests occur at various locations around the lake, often due to waterfowl or wildlife waste that has flowed near a water intake when a sample is drawn. Additionally, leaching from faulty septic systems can cause a positive test, so it is strongly recommended that shoreowners diligently inspect their system for leaks and make necessary repairs.
For generations, many shoreowners have been drinking unfiltered water directly from the lake. More recently shoreowners have been installing filtration systems to ensure high quality drinking water. For those who choose to do so, the minimum recommendation is a particulate filter with a .5 µm cartridge, followed by an ultraviolet filtration system.