September 5, 2013
Dear GLCA Member,
RE: Fall 2013 Lake Drawdown
During the summer of 2013, we experienced a significant increase in weed growth within the littoral zone of several areas of the lake. The Lake Preservation Committee has worked on this issue and thinks that this rapid change from 2012 to 2013 as a result of significant nutrient loading of the lake.
During the spring and early summer of 2013, we experienced an increase in rainfall that allowed a significant amount of the free nutrients within the watershed of Galway Lake to enter the lake. This combined with the clear water conditions and sun that followed provided ideal conditions for the rapid growth of weeds we experienced this year.
By the first week in August, we noticed that the weeds in many areas of the lake started to die back. We believe this was most likely the result of the free nutrients within the water column being diminished by the weed growth that had previously happened. By late summer this was evident within many areas of the lake.
The Lake Preservation Committee has researched the best method to address this issue and has determined that a deeper than normal drawdown that starts earlier in the season to allow for the sediment in the littoral zone to be dried out before freezing will help to impact the weed growth in the littoral zone. During the September 1, 2013 meeting of the GLCA Board of Directors, a motion was brought forth and passed to allow for this deeper and earlier than normal drawdown. We understand that this will impact the usability of the lake this fall, but feel the benefits to the lake’s ecology outweigh the recreational impact we will all experience this fall. Kurt Ladu will also be available to help those of you who need aid in removing your boats via the GLCA Boat Launch during this drawdown. Kurt can be reached at (518) 269-0397.
The 2013 drawdown will begin on September 15, 2013, at which time we will commence a 1’ drawdown at 2” per day. We will then hold the lake until October 1, 2013, when we will commence a drawdown at a rate of 2” per day until we have lowered the lake another 6’ for a total drawdown of 7’. The lake will then be held at this level until the first significant snowfall upon which we will refill the lake to a level of 18.5’. The lake will then be held at approximately 18.5’ until the ice has left the lake and we can fill to the summer level of 20.65’.
Please remember that we can all help the lake by reducing the quantity of nutrients entering the lake. There are several documents on the GLCA website that can help you to better understand the role we all are playing in the health of Galway Lake. The Darrin Fresh Water Institute Reports and those of the GLCA Lake Preservation Committee including the Integrated Lake Management Plan for Galway Lake are valuable resources that you can refer to on the website. The GLCA website is located at http://www.galwaylakeassociation.com and will be updated throughout the drawdown and refill process.
J. Glen Rundell,
The outlet tube of the Galway Lake dam will undergo a routine video inspection on July 1, 2013. In order to prepare for this inspection the lake level of Galway Lake is being dropped to 20.6’ in order for the lake level to drop below the dam’s upper weir.
The dropping of the lake level is necessary to allow for the robot that is used to transit the outlet tube without water running through the tube. The dam will be closed Sunday night to allow for the inspection and the lake will refill to the summer level as soon as the inspection is completed.
The GLCA performs these inspections on a regular basis as part of our safety inspection program that includes the dam and all associated controls.
Please educate yoursel fon the Invasive plants and species that can alter Galway Lake as we know it today.
Protecting Galway Lake is at the forefront of the GLCA’s Lake Preservation Committee efforts and the Galway Lake community at large.
As the summer of 2013 is fast approaching we would like you to be watching for the first sign of an invasive plant or species in Galway Lake. To help you in identifying these plants and species the Lake Preservation Committee has put together a two page document that can help you to visually identify these hazards to our lake.
Please take the time to download, read and share this document with your family and friends. Early identification can help us in trying to control one of these plants or species when detected in the lake.
If you have any questions, concerns, or input on issues affecting the lake please reach out to the Lake Preservation Committee as they would like to discuss these items with you.
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.
The following two attachments are associated with the 2012 GLCA Annual Letter and contain information about Blue-Green Algae and what you can do as a Camper to help the lake.
These documents are also available in the GLCA website’s Documents of Interest section.
Protecting Galway Lake is at the forefront of the GLCA’s Lake Preservation Committee efforts.
For further information on the work that is in process and suggestions on how you can help in protecting the quality of Galway Lake please be sure to read the information provided by the Lake Preservation Committee below.
If you have any questions, concerns or input on issues affecting the lake please reach out to the Lake Preservation Committee as they would like to discuss these items with you.
Quantitative Aquatic Plant Survey
In August 2011 the GLCA contracted Darrin Fresh Water Institute to conduct an Aquatic Plant Growth survey of Galway Lake. This survey was conducted to provide the Association with a means to quantitatively measure the success of the 2010 – 2011 drawdown.
The aquatic plant survey was designed to provide data on aquatic plant distribution and to evaluate a treatment program based on lake level drawdown and benthic barrier installation to control Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum).
The Darrin report is provided here for your review:
This summer the Galway Lake Sailing Club is offering a special program to teach children to sail, row, paddle, and safely enjoy the water. The program will start on July 9th and will run each Saturday morning, during the summer, from 9:30 – 11:30.
This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your child to the sports of sailing, rowing, and paddling and for them to learn about water safety while meeting children from around the lake and develop friendships. If you do not have a boat one will be provided during the program.
First Junior Training Session: 9:30 AM, Saturday, July 9 at the Aronstein Camp, 2650 May Road. 2011 Junior Sailing Program Information
Please contact either Matt Kniskern or Rich Colucciello for more information about the program. We hope to see you and your children on July 9th.