Dear Friends of Chateaugay Lake,
Snow dusts the mountains as winter settles in on Chateaugay Lake and 2020 comes to a close.
Despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year, there were some positive developments for the lake on the invasive species front.
- The Chateaugay Lake Foundation was able to continue its program of milfoil control, with seven weeks of hand-harvesting of milfoil hot-spots in each part of the lake.
- Permit approval was secured to place buoys marking a cleared boating lane connecting the Lower Lake and the Narrows. The buoys will go in next season and will help boaters avoid entering and chopping the milfoil beds at the Lower Lake inlet.
- For a second summer, volunteers used GPS technology to map aquatic vegetation in the South Inlet. The mapping tracks the location and density of the Eurasian milfoil beds, setting the stage for treatment and ongoing monitoring. Next season, we hope to expand the mapping to the Narrows and Lower Lake.
- Chateaugay Lake was selected for an “Early Detection” survey by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. In addition to reporting on invasive plants, the team checks for invasive organisms such as Asian Clam and Spiny Waterflea. Fortunately, the lake remains free of these harmful pests.
We look forward to keeping up the momentum in the coming year. As we were unable to hold any fundraising events this past year, we are depending on support from our donors more than ever. Please include us in your year-end giving plans if you haven’t yet done so.
To make it easy, there is a PayPal link on our website that can be accessed by pressing the donate button below.
Also, the Chateaugay Lake Foundation has joined the AmazonSmile program. If you participate, the Foundation can be designated to receive an amount equal to 0.5% percent of the cost of your eligible purchases made using the AmazonSmile app or by registering for Amazon Smile by going to smile.amazon.com. A cost-free way to give!
Finally, Chateaugay Lake Foundation can accept donations of stock. For more information, please contact our Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are deeply grateful for your interest and support for our efforts to protect Chateaugay Lake.
Health and happiness to you and yours in the coming year!
Your Chateaugay Lake Foundation Board
Lyon Mountain and Averill Peak, with Birch Hill in the foreground.
Photo: Fran McIntyre