Lakes Monitored
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Our interest in lake ecosystems includes the physical, biogeochemical and human environments and the interaction among them. We are committed to providing objective scientific information for restoration, education and sustainable use of Adirondack Lakes. The lake ecosystems of the Adirondacks are only a few steps from the front door of our Environmental Research Laboratory, providing our staff and students with tremendous opportunities for study. Our lake monitoring program is diverse and far reaching, ranging from the Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP), to more detailed and long term limnological monitoring on water bodies such as Upper Saranac Lake, Rainbow Lake, Litchfield Park, and others.

Some of our limnological capabilities include:

  • Morphological analysis of lakes and their watersheds using down scan sonar and ESRI GIS software
  • Aquatic plant identification and mapping
  • State of the art chemical analysis for analytes such as: phosphorus, nitrate/nitrite, total nitrogen, chloride, sulfate, metals, inorganic carbon, organic carbon, color, pH, alkalinity, conductivity and dissolved oxygen
  • Analysis of biological and physical components of lakes such as zooplankton, phytoplankton and chlorophyll, temperature, and dissolved oxygen

Please contact us for more information on establishing a water quality monitoring program for your lake.

Training Video for Sampling Lake Water Quality

ALAP 2016 Lakes

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The mission of the Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smith's College is to create scientifically-sound knowledge about terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and human relationships with the environment, enhance the educational opportunities available for undergraduate students and to engage the Adirondack Community in ways that facilitate the stewardship of our natural resources.

Adirondack Watershed Institute
Paul Smith's College
P.O. Box 265, Paul Smiths, NY 12970-0244
Tel: 518-327-6213
Fax: 518-327-6369