Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Asian Clams Now Identified in Four Locations in Lake George

Additional Asian clam discovered in Norowal Marina, Treasure Cove

Lake George Association (LGA) reports two additional sites infested with Asian clam have been discovered on the west side of Lake George near Bolton -- one at Norowal Marina, found by Darrin Fresh Water Institute scientists, and the other at Treasure Cove, found by the LGA staff. These infestations appear to be significantly smaller than the nearly six-acre site at the village.

These discoveries drove home the urgent need to immediately survey the entire Lake to better evaluate the extent of the problem and to prioritize the next steps. (Lake Tahoe’s population quickly grew to over 200 acres, and they spend over $1 million a year just to manage it.)

One very surprising finding from LGA's recent discovery: the Treasure Cove population was not found in a shallow sandy location, but instead in a location with vegetation and mucky sediment. (So far, over 60 clean sites have been surveyed. See today's full press release on survey efforts here.)

LGA states that they urgently need to raise additional funds to fight this threat. Even with over $500,000 raised to combat the infestation in the village, the task force has serious concerns about how to finance the September removal of the mats and the rebar, as well as additional matting and suction harvesting that may be necessary. Current costs to monitor and manage the mats already in place are running $5,000 per week.

For more updates on the Asian clam and LGA's eradication efforts, visit the STOP the ASIAN CLAM website.

Source: Lake George Association E-news August 2011
Lake George Association
PO Box 408 Lake George, NY 12845 518-668-3558
People protecting the Lake since 1885

New features Announced for iMapInvasives version 1.5

The iMapInvasives team has announced the recent roll-out of version 1.5 of their invasive plant geotracking software. Some of the new features include:

- Email alert system (for level 5 and above): Pick a geography and species of interest to receive emails when a newly confirmed observation matches your alert criteria.
- Improved Custom Observation Query and Report interface
- “Zoom to Coordinate” feature on the map
- The ability to edit your observation entry after submitting and before it is confirmed, including new fields for voucher information.
- Polygon area automatically calculates when adding assessment details
iMapInvasives is an on-line, GIS-based, all-taxa invasive species mapping tool focused on serving the needs of land managers, regional planners and others working to prevent, control or manage invasive species. A particular emphasis is placed on functionality designed to aid in Early Detection/Rapid Response (ED/RR) efforts.

The initial consortium, formed to develop, support and maintain iMapInvasives, was comprised of four partners: the natural heritage program of the state of Florida (Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), the New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP), The Nature Conservancy, and NatureServe.

Visit iMapInvasives on-line for more information

Monday, August 15, 2011

August is National Water Quality Month

Aquarius Systems, makers of some of the finest Aquatic Plant Management Equipment in the world, reminds us that August is National Water Quality Month. Here is a little blurb from their recent newsletter:

August is National Water Quality Month
So, What is Water Quality?

Water quality is defined as the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of water. It is a measure of the condition of water relative to the requirements of one or more living species and or to any human need or purpose. Simply put, it is knowing that the water you use for a specific purpose is safe. For example; the water you use to wash your car may not be suitable for drinking; or the lake is great for boating, but hazardous for swimmers. For most people water quality is simply knowing if the water is good enough for drinking, playing in, or if the lakes are safe for plants, animals, and recreation.

More often nowadays, we are hearing situations where the quality of water is not good enough for normal uses. Bacteria and microorganisms have gotten into drinking-water supplies causing illness; sewage spills have occurred forcing people to boil their water as well as close beaches; oil spills endanger plant and animal life; and, runoff containing pollutants such as phosphorous channel into streams and lakes leading to excessive aquatic plant growth.

Learn the Issues: Water

Interesting Facts about Water
• To manufacture one car, including tires, 147,972 liters of water are used.
• 13% of municipal piped water is lost in pipeline leaks.
• The human brain is 75% water.
• Outdoor watering uses 35 liters of water each minute (over 9 gallons).
• One drop of oil can make up to 25 liters of water unfit for drinking.
• Half of world’s wetlands have been lost since 1900.
• Each year, over 89 billion liters of bottled water are sold.

Visit aquarius-systems.com for a link to more interesting water facts.
Source: Aquarius Systems
200 North Harrison Street
North Prairie, Wisconsin WI

“Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain” to Air August 20th in Saranac Lake

“Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain,” presents several reasons why levels of toxic blue-green algae are increasing throughout the lake and raising concerns in the last few summers. The spring floods that occurred over the North Country this year have only exacerbated the problem in Lake Champlain and elsewhere across the region.

Wake-Up Film Festival 3 Summer Feature: “Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain”

For the past three years, the Adirondack Green Circle has sponsored annual community screenings of globally and locally significant films during their Wake–Up Film Festivals (WUFFs) held each spring in Saranac Lake. These films are meant to provide awareness and community discussion about environmental, economic & social issues currently affecting us all. They also provide a forum for proposing solutions and action plans that we as a community can work on together.

This year a bonus Summer Feature is planned for Saturday, Aug. 20th, with the free screening of “Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain” at the Cantwell Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library, from 7-9pm. This Emmy Award winning documentary focuses on the problem of algae blooms and the health of the 6th largest lake in the United States. The film’s co-producers/directors, Victor Guadagno and Jon Erickson, will be on hand to lead a discussion after the film.

Described as a “must see documentary,” “Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain,” presents several reasons why levels of toxic blue-green algae are increasing throughout the lake and raising concerns in the last few summers. The spring floods that occurred over the North Country this year have only exacerbated the problem in Lake Champlain and elsewhere across the region.

Since its debut in Burlington last November 29th in front of 250 people, “Bloom” has been receiving much North Country press between NY and VT, both from mainstream and public media sources. Following the May announcement of its New England Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the documentary was chosen for national distribution by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). To date, it has been shown in several states.

Area lake and watershed association members are especially invited to attend this screening because many regional and local shore-owners are dealing with algae problems or have dealt with them in the past. But, we are all residents of one watershed or another, and therefore, the general public is also invited to come, learn and share experiences in an effort to slow down algae growth in waterways.

For more information about the film, see: bloomthemovie.org. For more information about the Adirondack Green Circle, see: adkgreencircle.org. Both have Facebook pages as well. Contact 637-2745 for more information on the event.

ABOUT THE Adirondack Green Circle

Who They Are
The Adirondack Green Circle was started in 2007 by Gail Brill after reading Barbara Kingsolver's book,
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. At our monthly meeting we discuss ways to affect change in our own lives and in our community. See calendar for schedule.

Mission Statement
To create a forum that will educate and inspire both ourselves and our community to choose sustainable living practices. Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. By promoting these practices in our lives and in the community, we move towards living in harmony with our earth and each other.

Green Circle Goals:

  • To choose and maintain an optimistic outlook about the future of our planet and the ability to affect positive change through sustainable practices
  • Read, meet and discuss relevant articles and research
  • Attend relevant workshops and meetings
  • Provide outreach and education via our website and community events
  • Work with local politicians and agencies to create a more sustainable and environmentally conscious government and community