Thursday, November 2nd, 2018
1pm - 4:30pm
Crowne Plaza, Lake Placid
Mirror Lake is the jewel of the Village of Lake Placid and serves as a hub for many recreational activities in the Village and the Town of North Elba. For the past three years, AsRA, in partnership with the Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI), has been studying the water quality of Mirror Lake. This work has revealed several concerns, the largest being the high concentration of salt in the lake, and the buildup of salt in the lake bottom. The primary source is road salt that makes its way from roads and walkways over impermeable surfaces and through storm drains into the lake. Current levels are warning signs for water quality, lake health, and the viability of native fish and other aquatic residents.
Helping the lake and making sure it is healthy for generations to come, requires the informed participation of residents, business owners, local officials and everyone who cares for Mirror Lake. Our goal for this workshop was to share our most current knowledge about threats to Mirror Lake, to learn from others about work being done to reduce road salt regionally and in other towns and villages, and to begin a conversation with residents, business owners, and village and town officials about developing a community approach to protecting Mirror Lake.
We will be posting all of the presentations as videos over the coming days. Please check back regularly.
- Salinization of Adirondack Waters by Road Salt - Dan Kelting, Adirondack Watershed Institute
- Preliminary Assessment of Lake Placid's Contribution to the Pollutant Load of the Chubb River - Corey Laxson & Elizabeth Yerger, Adirondack Watershed Institute
- Impact of Road Salt on Mirror Lake - Brendan Wiltse, Ausable River Association
This workshop was held in partnership and with the support of the Adirondack Watershed Institute, Mirror Lake Watershed Association, AdkAction.org, Crowne Plaza, and the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.
For more information email Leanna Thalmann at leanna@ ausableriver.org.