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Schroon Lake gets AA rating

Other lakes don’t fare as well

Recent statistics published by the state Department of Environmental Conservation give Schroon Lake a Class AA rating,  which means the lake is fit for drinking, swimming, boating, fishing, aquatic life and aesthetics.

Recent statistics published by the state Department of Environmental Conservation give Schroon Lake a Class AA rating, which means the lake is fit for drinking, swimming, boating, fishing, aquatic life and aesthetics. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— There are many factors that contribute to the good health of Schroon Lake, Conolly said. An effective lake management plan defines existing issues, develops strategies and recruits financial support, he noted.

“Fortunately for Schroon Lake, necessary monies have been secured from the three surrounding towns, the two lake associations, concerned groups and individuals,” he said. “And the commitment by all entities has resulted in an extremely healthy lake with an AA rating.”

Strategies used to address lake quality issues in Schroon Lake have included shore owner education, signage at boat launches, stewards at boat launches, water testing, disposal stations and surveys. Warren County has adopted a law to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, Conolly said, and it is hoped that Essex County will do the same. Schroon Lake is in both Essex and Warren counties.

In addition to the efforts of many people, Schroon Lake is fortunate to have several natural, contributing factors that enhance lake quality, Conolly said. It is considered a deepwater lake, with regular turn-over of the different depths within the lake resulting in sufficient oxygen at all water levels that contribute to healthy fish and plant life which in turn affect water quality, Conolly explained. Also Schroon Lake has a healthy flow (north to south) and plenty of wind that helps with the lake water turn-over, especially in spring and fall.

“Schroon Lake users are very fortunate to have such a healthy and beautiful lake,” Conolly said.

The Schroon Lake Association is online at www.schroonlakeassociation.org

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