Board Backs Study

SCHROON LAKE The town of Schroon has agreed to help fund the development of a lake management plan. The town board voted to contribute $1,100 a year each of the next three years to support the Schroon Lake Management Master Plan. The management master plan is being spearheaded by the Schroon Lake Association, which has signed a contract with Adirondack Ecologists of Crown Point for production of the plan which will be written over the next two years. At a joint meeting of the Schroon, Chester and Horicon town boards March 27, the Schroon Lake Association asked each community for assistance in funding the plan. Each of the communities borders the lake. The plan will cost $10,770 over a three-year period, according to Helen Wildman, SLA vice president. The SLA has agreed to pay $1,300 a year for the plan and asked Schroon for $1,100 a year, Horicon for $800 a year and Chester for $400 a year. See SCHROON, page 15 In cooperation with the towns of Schroon, Horicon and Chester, Steve LaMere, certified lake manager of Adirondack Ecologists, will perform the lake studies necessary, and the Soil and Water Districts of Essex and Warren Counties will perform the upland portion of the studies, Wildman said. The Schroon Lake Association will send out a questionnaire to the stakeholders in the Schroon Lake watershed during the month of May seeking their input. Wildman told trustees from each town that a management plan is important to the lakes future. The Schroon Lake Association Board of Directors has long known that it needed to undertake the writing of a lake management master plan for Schroon Lake, Wildman said at the March meeting. Such a plan is a consensus-building document designed to guide the future of lake-management projects undertaken by the SLA and the towns of Schroon, Horicon and Chester. Not only is a LaMP fundamental to obtaining government grants, but it will serve as a guide for ordering tasks to be undertaken by the SLA, she said. A dynamic document, able to change with the times, if necessary, it will direct the future efforts of the SLA as an advocate for the lake. The SLA began discussions with the three town boards last December and formally asked for financial assistance with the lake plan in February. More information on the lake management plan can be found at the Schroon Lake Associations new website www.schroonlakeassociation.org The site features one of Carl Heilmans photographs of Schroon Lake in the banner. The site also gives information on the ongoing milfoil control program on Schroon Lake, CSLAP tests on Schroon Lake, information on invasive species and links to other sites.

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