The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) have launched a new website, Know Your NY Water, created by the statewide Water Quality Rapid Response Team efforts, established in 2016.
The website provides New Yorkers with information about the state’s public drinking water and the health of New York’s abundant lakes, rivers, and streams, as well as waters used for recreation and habitat protection. Users can search by location to learn more about the water they use or encounter.
The Know Your NY Water website features a map of New York’s waterbodies and links to fact sheets about lakes and streams that provide information about water quality, causes and sources of water quality impairments, and the status of restoration efforts.
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The Know Your NY Water website was created by DEC and DOH in partnership with the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS).
For more information about public drinking water, contact the local health department.
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Is there an easy to use list of all lakes which do not allow motors or have motor size restrictions?
I’m not aware of one.
The Almanack has published an essay about the myth of motor restricted waters here: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2013/06/the-myth-of-adirondack-motor-free-waters.html
That piece links to a larger report: http://www.protectadks.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Motor-free-Waters-Report-web-version.pdf
Unfortunately, while neither include the list you’re looking for, they do illustrate the issue more clearly.
Adirondack Almanack Founder & Editor
Tim: In the first article referenced, there’s discussion of a PROTECT study. That study apparently has 8 lakes without motor use. Check with PROTECT to find this study. Susan W
Hardly easy to use, but this can get you started.
That works. So does this: nyboatlaunching.pdf
Tim – my book “In Praise of Quiet Waters: Finding solitude and adventure in the Wild Adirondacks” has lots of suggestions, and refers to the PROTECT report extensively.