Village of Tuxedo Park joins Citizens Statewide Lakes Assessment Program | August 13, 2008

The quality and on-going preservation of Village lakes is an issue that affects all residents alike. With this in mind, the Village has signed on to participate in the Citizens Statewide Lakes Assessment Program (CSLAP) which is a five year, all volunteer lake monitoring program run by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Federation of Lake Associations. (FOLA) Beginning this past June, under the guidance of the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC), a group of resident volunteers began collecting biweekly water quality data from all three Village lakes and preparing the samples for analyses at a state certified laboratory. The results of these analyses will then be outlined for the Village in an annual report, which will in turn help to provide an overall picture of the current state of Village lakes. With this vital information, the Village will be able to take the necessary measures to ensure that its lakes and watershed are properly maintained.

In addition, analysis results are stored with both the DEC and FOLA. These State Agencies use the information to observe changes and trends in water quality across the state, and to gain a better understanding of the condition of the lakes in the state of New York.

The program is a win/win for the Village and the State.

Participating in CSLAP is not only an inexpensive way for the Village to gain invaluable information about the health of its lakes, it is also a way of directly involving village residents in the process of discovery and hopefully generating some much needed awareness within the community.

Testing for 2008 will end in the month of October.

TPFYI wishes to commend the EAC for seeking out this important opportunity for the Village as well as all of the volunteers who are in the field collecting and preparing samples. Your hard work will bring about a better understanding of our greatest asset and for this we are extremely grateful.

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