Lake Pleasant Water Quality
LAKE ECOLOGY REPORT SPRING 2017—Peter Tobiessen
In the summer of 2016 we completed our third annual water quality testing of Lake Pleasant through the DEC Citizens’ Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP). In this program LPSA volunteers sampleâ€¯the lake biweekly from early June to September and send the samples for analysis at a state-certified lab. The cost to us for this program is $470 with theâ€¯ state subsidy. Without the subsidy, it would cost usâ€¯nearly $3,000. The data show that LP is a healthy lake, withâ€¯low levels of nutrients that produce harmful algae, good water clarity, neutral acidity, and no other redâ€¯flags we should be concerned with. The reportâ€¯states that, “Lake Pleasant has higher water clarityâ€¯and lower nutrient and algal levels than typical eastern Adirondack lakes.
We will continue this program in the summer of 2017, but switch lakes to Sacandaga. The state has given usâ€¯permission to sample our 2 lakes on alternate 3 yearâ€¯periods, which is fortunate for us, since theâ€¯program samples about 120 lakes each yearâ€¯and there is always a long waiting list.
Read the full report.