Towns to fund study

SCHROON LAKE The towns of Horicon and Chester have agreed to help fund the development of a Schroon Lake management plan. Horicon will contribute $800 and Chester $400 a year for 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. The town of Schroon earlier agreed to contribute $1,100 a year for the next three years for the study. The Schroon Lake Association will pay $1,300 a year to make up the balance of the cost of the contract with Adirondack Ecologists over the same three years in addition to start up costs of $1,000 and the cost of the production and mailing of the questionnaire which will be mailed to all stakeholders in the Schroon Lake watershed in June. The questionnaire will seek input from residents and visitors alike and the mailing is set for June in the hopes that most summer residents will have returned by that time, said Helen Wildman, SLA vice president. If you have not received a questionnaire by the end of June please contact the Schroon Lake Association at www.schroonlakeassociation.org/contactus and they will be happy to mail one to you. Input from all interested parties is important in developing a prioritized list of issues affecting the lake. This is a chance to have a say in the future of the lake, she said. At a joint meeting of the three town boards in March, 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. 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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