Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan
The Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan, recently completed with funds provided in part through an EPF LWRP grant ($57,600) from the Department of State, builds upon years of dedicated effort involving water quality monitoring, invasive species management, and stewardship practices carried out by Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, Schroon Lake Association, East Shore Schroon Lake Association, Adirondack Ecologist LLC and other watershed partners.
The plan provides a comprehensive review of Schroon Lake and its watershed and contains a “State of the Lake” report, collectively outlining current and historic land use and management practices and upland issues affecting the lake. Recommendations include short and long term management actions guided by an implementation strategy identifying specific steps to advance water quality protection and improvement. Highlighted are local regulatory controls and site-specific on-the-ground projects such as stormwater retrofits, culvert replacements, streambank repairs, and corresponding potential funding sources.
Throughout preparation of the Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan there was strong public outreach which targeted watershed residents to obtain information regarding conditions and goals and to build support for water quality protection and improvement. The Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan can be viewed here.
Dave Wick, District Manager Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District said “Continuing on the success of the work completed in Lake George, in partnership with the Department of State, the Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan establishes consensus on actions needed to address the complex issues affecting water quality within Schroon Lake and its watershed. The intermunicipal watershed approach and the Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan promote working together to generate positive results.”
The Department’s guidebook for the preparation of watershed management plans can be viewed here.