The following link will take you to the Galway Lake CSLAP Summary 2012.pdf that presents the results of the 2012 lake survey. Additional information from past CSLAP surveys is available within the Documents of Interest section of the GLCA website for your review.
The following information is from the http://www.cslap.net website and will provide you with an overview of the program.
What is CSLAP? The Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) is a volunteer lake monitoring program run by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the NYS Federation of Lake Associations, Inc. (NYSFOLA). It was initiated in 1985, with the support of New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo. It was modeled after successful volunteer programs in Vermont, Maine, Illinois, and Minnesota.
Each participating lake association is a member of NYSFOLA, a not-for-profit coalition of lake associations and others interested in lake management. NYSFOLA was founded in 1983 and presently serves nearly 200 lake associations as well as individual and corporate members.
Citizen volunteers from NYSFOLA-member lake associations are responsible for collecting biweekly water quality data and samples from June through October. In 2005, nearly 100 lakes participated in the program. Samples are collected from surface waters (epilimnion) for shallow lakes. Bottom, or hypolimnion, samples are collected from deeper lakes. Parameters include water temperature, transparency, conductivity, pH, color, phosphorus, nitrogen, Chlorophyll A, and calcium.
Water samples are sent to a state-certified laboratory (currently Upstate Fresh Water Institute in Syracuse, NY) for analysis. These results and other lake measurements are forwarded to NYSFOLA and NYSDEC. Each participating lake receives a report highlighting the year’s sampling results. In addition, results are stored electronically to allow for the comparison of historical data and current conditions. This allows changes and trends in water quality to be observed and predicted for CSLAP lakes. Ultimately, CSLAP participation provides NYSDEC and NYSFOLA lake associations with a basis for making management decisions.
In order to ensure that the data collected is of the highest caliber, all volunteers are trained to adhere to procedures set forth in the CSLAP Sampling Protocol. Lakes are asked to commit to a five-year sampling regimen. Hence, a firm commitment from volunteers and lake associations is required prior to enlisting in the program.