The Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP) celebrates its 20th season this year of monitoring the water quality of dozens of lakes and ponds across the Adirondacks. ALAP is a partnership between Protect the Adirondacks and the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College.
Believing good public policy is dependent on accurate data and science, ALAP started in 1998 with three objectives: 1) to organize long-term water quality data on individual lakes and ponds in the Adirondack Park; 2) to provide long-term trend data on individual lakes and ponds for local residents, lake associations, property owners and local governments to help organize water quality protection efforts; and, 3) to assemble a profile of water quality conditions across the Adirondacks.
The Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP) sent the following statement to the press:
The data collected is important for understanding trends in the water quality of the Adirondack Park. For many, the lakes, ponds and rivers are what define their Adirondack experience. The Park’s generally high water quality underwrites the local economy and quality of life for residents. ALAP data helps local communities, lake associations, lake users, residents and businesses plan for the long-term health of their lake. ALAP data also helps policymakers and Park leaders focus on key challenges facing water quality in the Adirondacks.
ALAP data was recently used by the Adirondack Watershed Institute to produce the definitive and comprehensive report on road salt pollution in the Adirondacks. Because ALAP tests primarily developed lakes and ones near roads, our lakes are very susceptible to salt inputs from roads and septic systems and important to the studies.
To read the 2016 ALAP annual report, visit http://www.adkwatershed.org/files/alap_2016_report_.pdf.
To enroll a lake or pond in this water quality monitoring program, visit http://www.protectadks.org/programs/about-the-program-2/.