A harmful algal bloom (HAB) was found on Northern Lake George in September, the Lake George Association (LGA) has announced. It is the first time that a HAB has been documented on the less-developed end of the lake, said Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky. [Read more…] about Harmful Algae Blooms Spread To Northern Lake George
The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) is inviting the public to participate in the development of a Draft Master Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft MP/DEIS) for Lake Taghkanic State Park, located in the towns of Taghkanic and Gallatin, Columbia County, NY. [Read more…] about Lake Taghkanic State Park Master Plan Meetings Set
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are holding joint public comment periods to solicit comments for the Rollins Pond and Golden Beach Campground and Day Use Area Unit Management Plans (UMPs). The public is invited to submit input on the draft plans, which will guide future management of the facilities over the next five years and their conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Comments will be accepted until September 18, 2023. [Read more…] about Rollins Pond, Golden Beach Campground Comments Sought
Cladophora is a type of stringy (filamentous) algae that grows on rocks, wood, logs, and other hard underwater surfaces in freshwater ecosystems, including the Great Lakes basin. If you spot this type of stringy algae along New York’s Great Lakes beaches and shorelines, including Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River or the St. Lawrence River, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wants to know. [Read more…] about Report Cladophora Algae Along Great Lakes, Niagara, St. Lawrence River Shorelines
On Tuesday, August 8 at about 3:30 pm, New York State Forest Ranger Dawson responded to a call for a subject trapped under the water at Fawn’s Leap, at Kaaterskill Clove on Kaaterskill Creek, just above Moore’s Bridge in the town of Hunter, Greene County, NY, in the Catskills. The 16-year-old was part of a group of six who traveled from Brooklyn to swim at Fawn’s Leap. Heavy rainfall the previous night created strong currents in the swimming hole. [Read more…] about 16-Year-Old Drowns In Strong Currents At Kaaterskill Clove
Cyanobacteria blooms have closed beaches regularly this summer across New York State. While it may feel like a nuisance to not be able to cool off at your local beach, these blooms force swimming areas to close because they can be dangerous. To protect yourself, your loved ones, and pets, it is important that you understand how to recognize them and what you should do if a bloom is present at a beach you visit. [Read more…] about Beach Closures: Cyanobacteria and Phosphorus in New York’s Lakes
New York State Forest Rangers responded to multiple reports of subjects stranded during high waters created by flash flooding in Hamlet of Haines Falls, town of Hunter in Greene County in the Catskills last week. [Read more…] about 9 Rescued From Same Location During High Waters In The Catskills
Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is active from now through Labor Day. Pool owners should check filters for the invasive insect regularly and submit a report if any are found.
ALB attacks and kills maples, birches, willows, and other hardwoods. They emerge from infested trees in the late summer to find a new host. The beetles are 1.5 inches long, have long black-and-white antennae, and have black-and-white spots on their body. [Read more…] about Check Your Pool Filter for Asian Longhorned Beetle
It has been two weeks since flooding devastated many communities in the Lake Champlain watershed and throughout the states of New York and Vermont. The heavy rains lasted for days and sent rivers and streams over their banks, pouring into homes and businesses and carrying a swill of debris, nutrients, sediment, untreated wastewater, chemicals, and more into Lake Champlain.
If you live in an area not directly affected it may be hard to understand the monumental impact. [Read more…] about Wake of the Flood: A Lake Champlain Report
You know who isn’t a huge fan of summer? Trout. Summer heat waves impose serious stress and can even cause death. Trout and salmon that are already heat-stressed may not recover after being caught and released.
You can help these fish survive the summer by following a few simple tips: [Read more…] about Swimmers & Anglers: Give Trout A Break In This Summer’s Heat