Q. Why are we doing this?
A. Loon Lake has a number of issues which affect its long-term health, its value as a lake fit for swimming, boating, and other recreation, and as a safe home for residents or visitors, and their descendants. Many residents have theories about which problems are the most serious. Some are mostly just a nuisance and have been around for a long time and are just nature’s way of working. Inadequate or non-existent sewage systems, invasive and natural species of aquatic weeds, geese and other waterfowl, boating, runoff of agricultural pesticides and animal waste, streambank and shoreline erosion, change in lake level, climate variation, and the intrusive effects of things outside the lake boundaries, but within its watershed are all issues. These and more are factors which affect the lifespan and health of the lake. But which are the most important? If we want to prolong the life and health of the lake, should we not try to improve it? Remediation of some problems may be too difficult, time-consuming, or expensive. Right now, we don’t know.
Q. What do we plan to do?
A. The Loon Lake Association has participated in the CSLAP program since 1994, along with many other lakes in NY State, sampling water clarity, nutrients, and the algae produced by those nutrients. The samples are tested by the State and its findings published annually. In 2004, the NYS Department of Health sampled private well and lake water supplies and it used a questionnaire to assess well characteristics and residents’ attitudes towards public water and sewage. At a public hearing, residents were told that lake water should not be used for drinking without disinfection and filtration systems. No further action was taken following this survey. Dissolved oxygen readings are now being taken on a systematic basis. No other systematic scientific research or data collection has been done in recent times.
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