WILMINGTON, NY — Pedestrians along popular lakeside routes in the Village of Lake Placid will find four new interpretive signs describing the Mirror Lake ecosystem, challenges to it, and protection efforts underway. The Ausable River Association (AsRA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute partnered to design and produce the four educational signs.
The colorful and accessible signs provide information on the aquatic food web, the watershed, road salt impacts, and monitoring efforts on Mirror Lake. Jon Stetler of RPI developed the idea for the signs working with AsRA’s staff. They were designed by Andre Guilbo and produced with funds from the National Science Foundation through RPI and from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and NEIWPCC through AsRA.
The four signs were installed by the Village of Lake Placid Highway Department in early October. Each of the signs stand on their own but, together, they tell the story of Mirror Lake‘s ecology and efforts to restore its water quality through scientific monitoring and community action. A visitor can walk around Mirror Lake and see all four signs. The signs are located at Mid’s Park, Brewster parkette at the base of Sara-Placid Road, the public beach, and at the boat launch easement.
“We are excited to bring self-guided educational signs to Mirror Lake for the community and visitors,” said Kelley Tucker, AsRA’s Executive Director. “It’s a great opportunity to advance ongoing salt reduction efforts in the community and to share information with the public.” To learn more about the Salt Use Reduction Initiative, and other program work on the Ausable River Association visit https://www.ausableriver.org.
Photo at top: The interpretive signs provide educational information about Mirror Lake to the public. Photo provided by Leanna Thalmann, M.S., Ausable River Association Water Quality Associate.