Integrated Lake Management Plan

This spring the GLCA’s Lake Preservation committee published the initial integrated management plan (IMP) for Galway Lake.

During this work, the committee examined all proven means to control nutrients and invasive weeds within the lake. These include Aquatic Herbicides, Harvesting (mechanical), Rotovating & Hydroraking, Dredging, Weed Suppression Mats, Draw Down, and Biological Controls.

The IMP will be a living document by which we will manage Galway Lake and measure our success.

GLCA Lake Management Plan 05052011

2009 Mussel & Flea Handout

2010 Lake Preservation Report

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.

2010 Lake Preservation Report

How Campers Can Help Protect Our Lake


2011 Annual GLCA Letter

Provided below is a link to the PDF version of the 2011 Annual GLCA membership letter.

2011 Annual GLCA Letter

You can find archived versions of GLCA communications with the Documents of Interest section of this website.

2010 Galway Lake CSLAP Scorecard

The following link will take you to the 2010 Galway Lake Scorecard that presents the results of the 2010 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 website and will provide you within 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 analyses. 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 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.

Darrin Freshwater Institute Report

The Darrin Freshwater Institute has submitted their report with regards to the work performed during the 2009 season. The report is available in PDF format and can be downloaded by clicking on the following link.

Galway Lake Final Report 2009

The GLCA Board has met and discussed the information contained within this report. The Board is in the process of developing an integrated lake management plan as well as mitigation steps that will be commenced in 2010.

The plan for 2010 will be provided to all members of the Association in the 2010 annual letter. Please plan on attending the annual business meeting of the GLCA on July 10. At the annual meeting we will present the findings of the Darrin report and our plan for 2010 and beyond.

If you should have any questions or concerns regarding this report please contact your Grove Director as they are prepared to discuss the report in detail and answer your questions.

Youth & Novice Sailing Clinics

The Galway Lake Sailing Club is planning a Youth and Novice Sailing Clinic and Racing Program for the 2011 Summer Season.

If you or any of your family members are interested in learning to sail and/or race on Galway Lake this is a wonderful opportunity to discover what it is all about.

The program will start with a weeklong clinic and then host races and additional clinics every Saturday from July through August.

If you are interested please contact Matt Kniskern by phone at 518-261-6617 or email him at to reserve a spot.

If you do not have a boat we will provide one for you so that you can learn about this wonderful life sport.

GLSC Let’s Go Sailing Brochure

Shoreline Maintenance During Drawdown

As you know this fall the GLCA is performing a deep drawdown of Galway Lake. During this time we would like to encourage lake front property owners to take the opportunity and perform waterfront and wall maintenance to limit future shoreline erosion. During this work you are not allowed to fill in the lake or erect permanent structures on the lakebed. You will also improve the enjoyment of your waterfront through the removal of lakebed vegetation as this material adds additional nutrients to the lakebed if left to decompose.

Please remove vegetative material to decompose on your property or burn it within a pile on the lakebed. We have been in contact with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to discuss the application of the current New York State burning law as is pertains to our situation. DEC has given permission to the GLCA and its members to burn weeds on the lakebed. Mr. Bruce Kniskern has been in contact with the Town of Galway to notify them of this determination by the DEC.

Please be aware that the lakebed can in fact be dangerous. There are areas of the lakebed that will not support the weight of a person on foot and you may become stuck in certain sediments. If you decide to move about the lakebed during the drawdown please be cognizant of this fact and take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. I hope that you had an enjoyable summer season at Galway and that each of you has a safe and enjoyable winter. This season we were truly blessed with a beautiful and sunny summer.

Membership Letter dated October 10, 2010


The attached handout was provided to the GLCA Board during our meeting of April 21, 2010. This presentation will allow you to familiarize yourself with the background surrounding this study, the report, its findings and the subsequent recommendations of the Lake Preservation committee.

We are providing the presentation at this time in PDF format to enable the ease of distribution to members without the need for printing by the individual groves.

Reading this report before attending the July 10, Annual GLCA meeting will allow you to be informed about this topic and the condensed summary of this topic that will be presented at the annual meeting. The full report from the Darrin Fresh Water Institute is also available on the GLCA website.

April 21, 210 GLCA Board Presentation Handout

Learn to Sail

In just three days, Learn to Sail Course gives you the confidence to sail small boats, learning the principles of rigging, righting, and racing your boat, as well as basic safety and right-of-way rules.

Learn from veteran sailor and former GLSC Fleet captain. For intermediate sailors, learn racing tactics specific to Galway Lake. Enjoy the fun of boating this summer and get off to a good start.

Class lessons will be held July 9th-11th Friday-Sunday (3 days), 4-5:30 p.m. Private lessons by appointment – week of July 11th. Lessons start from the Gardner dock in the East Bay, on the border of Rubacks and Hardwoods Grove. All ages welcome. contact:

Milfoil Control at Galway Lake

As the GLCA Board works to develop and implement our integrated lake management plan for Galway Lake we think it would be helpful for members to have a historical reference of the 1990 deep drawdown process and corresponding results.

The attached transcription of the presentation, Milfoil Control At Galway Lake, was developed by Mr. Jesse Aronstein and presented at May 16, 1991, Conference on Nuisance Plants in Aquatic Environments: Ecology and Management, Sponsored by the Hudson River Environmental Society, Inc., in cooperation with the Freshwater Institute of RPI.

This transcription provides a concise yet detailed overview of the deep drawdown process as used by the GLCA in 1990 and the associated results. Since twenty years has passed from the drawdown we believe that a review of this information will be helpful for members to put the Darrin Fresh Water Institute’s 2010 report, An Assessment of Aquatic Plant Growth and Filamentous Algae Problems in Galway Lake, Saratoga County, New York, into perspective and better understand some of the findings presented within.

Report Links

Galway Lake Milfoil Presentation

Darrin Freshwater Institute Report on Galway Lake 2009

Galway Lake Final Report 2009 (1)