The Shore Owners’ Association of Lake Placid (LPSOA) is seeking public input to help inform the development of a lake management plan for Lake Placid. Earlier this year, LPSOA began working with Dr. Brendan Wiltse from the Ausable River Association on the development of a lake management plan. Lake Placid is classified as AA-S by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the highest water quality classification possible. The lake serves as the drinking water source for the Village of Lake Placid and is an important recreational asset to the area.
For several years, LPSOA has been managing an invasive milfoil infestation in Paradox Bay. This is the only aquatic invasive species found in the lake. Increasing boat traffic and the expansion of invasive species elsewhere creates a need for a plan to protect this incredible resource. Recently, Adirondack Watershed Institute Watershed Stewards intercepted invasive zebra mussel on a boat about to enter the lake, underscoring the need for a strategic approach to protecting the lake. The lake also faces challenges from climate change, runoff, septic systems, and harmful algal blooms.
The stakeholder survey released by LPSOA will help guide the development of the lake management plan. The survey is intended to help inform managers how the lake is being utilized, where people travel from, what they value about Lake Placid, and what their concerns are. Broad public participation in the survey will help ensure all voices are heard in the development of the lake management plan.
“As we work to develop the lake management plan it is important that we understand how the public uses and enjoys Lake Placid, as well as what their concerns are related to its protection,” says Brendan Wiltse. “This is an opportunity for anyone that enjoys the lake to provide input on the plan in the early phase of development,” notes Kelley Tucker, Executive Director of AsRA. “Whether you hike the trails at Brewster Peninsula, kayak to Whiteface Landing, or own a camp, we want to hear from you.”
The survey will be open through the end of September 2020 and can be completed at lpsoa.org/survey.