A U.S. Geological Survey crew installed temperature gauges, nutrient sensors and fluorometers that can measure chlorophyll and colors indicating certain species of algae in Seneca Lake near Geneva.
Leave No Trace principles address topics such as how to prepare for trips, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, how to dispose of waste properly, and even how to post to social media responsibly. The principles are used by federal land management agencies, national parks, and organizations around the country.
The Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College collected data showing that two-thirds of the wells it tested downslope from state roads were polluted by sodium beyond the federally recommended health limit of 20 parts per million. State crews spread salt to de-ice the roads, and it ultimately spills into nearby streams and leeches into the groundwater.
Efforts to educate hikers about proper backcountry ethics will continue this summer in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, as the area has been designated an official Leave No Trace Hotspot for 2019.
Some of Lake George’s top defenders worry that two boat launches on northern Lake George could become portals to invasives that they have so diligently tried to keep out.
Sandra Postel—author, most recently, of “Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity”—has never underestimated the challenges of restoring water quality.
This winter, when the National Weather Service reported that Champlain finally froze all the way across to Vermont on March 8, it was like hearing that a steamboat had crossed the lake: typical in the 19th century, improbable in the 21st. The lake ice officially “closed” in almost every year of the 1800s and the first half of the 1900s, but has done so only 11 times since 1990.
Nearly two-thirds of registered voters surveyed in April said the single-use plastic bag ban that state lawmakers approved this year will be good for New York.
Highway crews removed ice from the East Branch of the Ausable River this winter to clear a channel, hoping to prevent ice jams. The ice now lines the river along state Route 9N. Here’s a video that shows how much ice was removed.
Loss of ice is one factor in the water temperatures in the lake, where the surface on average has warmed by 6.8 degrees Fahrenheit in August since 1964, according to the Lake Champlain Basin Program.