2023 Year-End Newsletter

Thanks to You!

As the year draws to a close, we want to thank everyone who helped support our work to protect Chateaugay Lake.  Thanks to you, we were able to continue to combat invasive Eurasian watermilfoil and help prevent the introduction and spread of other invasive aquatic species.

This past summer, SCUBA divers carried out four weeks of hand-harvesting, including a week in the boat launch area and a week maintaining the cleared boating lane at the Lower Lake inlet. In the Upper Lake, harvesting continued on the large bed at the South Inlet, with a week of harvesting along Indian Point on the west and a second week along the Boomhower Road shoreline on the east. Overall, divers removed almost 7 tons of rooted milfoil, helping to keep boating lanes clear and to reduce fragments that cause spread.

We appreciate the participation in the two public strategy sessions held over the summer to consider the future for Chateaugay Lake’s milfoil management. There were 50 – 60 participants at each. Participants reviewed the progress so far and the potential to include herbicide as part of the milfoil control program. Hand-harvesting has been effective in the targeted work areas, but it is labor-intensive and costly. It has not been possible to prevent milfoil spread to non-harvested areas. A new generation of aquatic herbicide has been approved for use in the Adirondack Park and would offer a more cost-effective way to safely extend treatment to the rest of the shoreline.

Feedback from the sessions was overwhelmingly positive about trying herbicide as a control option. Over the fall, we met with technical advisors and permitting officials to outline a five-year treatment plan. A brochure summarizing the plan was recently mailed to shore owners and will be posted to our website.  We’ve also included a link to the brochure at the bottom of this update.

A five-year plan for herbicide treatment of all the milfoil beds in the lake would cost some $625,000, compared to $2 million or more to hand-harvest the entire shoreline. It puts the goal of lake-wide control within reach!

Permitting would get underway in early 2024 to move ahead with a pilot project in summer 2024. But we need your support to launch this new initiative! Please consider a year-end donation to help expand milfoil control lake-wide.

Donations can be mailed to the Chateaugay Lake Foundation at PO Box 222, Lyon Mountain, NY 12952. Or you can donate on-line using PayPal by visiting our website at: https://chateaugaylakefoundation.org/making-a-donation/

For information on donating securities, contact us at: info@chateaugaylakefoundation.org

Your generosity will make a difference!

We wish you a happy New Year with many enjoyable times on Chateaugay Lake!
The Chateaugay Lake Foundation Board

Link to 2023 “New Directions for Milfoil Control” Brochure