Citizen Science

LGA Citizen Scientists are dedicated volunteers on the front lines of Lake protection, as they participate in a variety of programs to monitor water quality, area wildlife, stream health, and invasive species. All of the data collected is used by the LGA and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to make important management decisions to help protect the Lake and its wildlife now and in the future.

Want to join an initiative? Email Brea Arvidson, LGA Manager, Water Quality Research.

Our Citizen Science Programs

Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP)

A Citizen Science program where trained volunteers assist Lake George Association staff in collecting data about conditions in various areas of the Lake in order to help assess the Lake’s overall health. CSLAP participants perform water clarity tests, collect water samples to be analyzed for certain chemicals, and communicate the conditions of the Lake at the time of each sampling. The sampling and testing must be completed every other week for eight sampling events at the same location, from June through October. Samples are then shipped to a laboratory for analysis. The program is coordinated by the DEC and the NYS Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA).

Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE)

A program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and managed locally by the LGA. Volunteers choose a stream sampling location — with assistance and guidance from the LGA — to collect macroinvertebrates (organisms without backbones that are able to be seen without the aid of a microscope). Volunteers also conduct a site assessment (weather conditions, water clarity, and conditions surrounding the water) so that the LGA and DEC can better understand the conditions of the portion of the stream they are sampling. The data is used to create a record of conditions over time, which helps us see potential threats to streams and to the Lake before the potential threats emerge as true problems. Funding for the WAVE program equipment and Lake George coordination are provided by International Paper Foundation and the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation.

Lake George Invaders Watch 

A regional effort coordinated by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program with assistance from LGA volunteers to watch out for invasive species along the Lake’s shores. Invaders Watch volunteers monitor a section of the Lake George shoreline of their choice and at their convenience between mid-July and early-September and report back to us with your results.

Asian Clam Citizen Science Day

An annual event to find and remove the invasive species Asian clams from Sandy Bay, a popular boat anchoring spot on the east side of the Lake.

Loon Monitoring with the LGA

A volunteer effort to count loons on Lake George as part of an annual monitoring program aimed at determining the relative health of the population of this signature Adirondack bird. This program is conducted in partnership with the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.