2014 Annual Report

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Greetings,

It’s that time of year when we update you on our activities including our educational outreach work. We invite you to join us at our monthly meetings and ask for your donations and support.

We’ve had a good year. The focus of our past activities continues to raise awareness and protect Mirror Lake and surrounding water bodies from adverse impacts to water quality. Again this year we increased our efforts to locate and harvest potential new invasive species before they become established.

Year in Review

a Bill Billerman was awarded the Ninth Annual Mirror Lake watershed Award” (formerly the “Frog Award”) for his continued efforts in promoting healthy water quality. The award this year was a bathometric carving of Mirror Lake.

a Monthly articles concerning water quality issues were published starting in May and written by Amy Ignatuk under the banner” Looking At The Mirror”. Some future articles include road salt and the Lake Placid / North Elba Comprehensive plan.

a Invasive species were harvested and inventoried around Mirror Lake and its watershed including Purple Loosestrife and Yellow Iris with the help of Brendan Quirion of Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. This is ongoing annually to manage and contain the invasive plants and has shown remarkable effectiveness.  Because the plants are not widespread at this point, there is a high likelihood of success in containing these two species.  This year we saw a small increase in Purple Loosestrife and action was taken to eradicate the species. Other lakes have been invaded by Eurasian and Variable Leaf milfoil and spiny water fleas.  Mirror Lake is vulnerable to these aquatic species and in the future we need to be vigilant to prevent them from invading our lake. We also supported and attended the “Symposium on Invasive Species in the Adirondacks at Heaven Hill farm.

a Construction has been completed on an attractive informational kiosk for Jewtraw Park in cooperation with the Mill Pond Association. The Village of Lake Placid assisted in the placement of the structure and provided in kind help with a paver stone sidewalk. Partial funding was provided by the Rotary Club of Lake Placid. The kiosk is complete and has been set up with environmental, historical, and cultural content. Please stop by.

a Water testing was done on Mirror Lake by volunteers for both the DEC and The Adirondack Watershed Institute Paul Smiths College. A visual inspection of the lake was favorable this summer and test results from 2013 were good. Testing for the first time was also performed by a volunteer on Mill Pond for the Adirondack Institute.

Looking Ahead – Goals for 2014

In the coming year the MLWA has set the following goals:

  • Seek funding from The Lake Champlain Basin program or other sources to further the final engineering design on stormwater improvements on The East side Of Mirror Lake.
  • Work with the Lake Placid Village on permit conditions for the use of Mirror Lake during events.
  • Continuing to inventory and control Purple Loosestrife, Yellow Iris, and Japanese Knotweed and continue searching for potential new invasive species, especially milfoil; continue to monitor the successful beetle release at Mill Pond to control the invasive Purple Loosestrife.
  • Seek funding for the author of our monthly articles that educate the public concerning water quality issues.
  • Designing and construction of a second informational kiosk with facts about Mirror Lake to be placed by Peacock Park walkway, dedicated to David Ackerman.
  • Working with the Ausable River Association to help to implement a Watershed management plan for the upstream areas on the West Branch and Chubb Rivers when that plan is finalized next year.
  • Researching and promoting more “lake friendly” products such as de-icing agents and non-phosphate lawn fertilizers, which are available locally.
  • Continuing the on going effort to clean-up Mirror Lake’s under water garbage and surrounding areas.
  • Continue to seek a reduction in the impact of stormwater discharges from the west side of Mirror Lake.

The above goals are in addition to our regular activities, which include storm drain stenciling, shoreline cleanup, and the placement of posters and informational articles in the Lake Placid News to increase awareness. Please check out our web site, soon to be updated: www.mirrorlake.net.

As you can see 2014 has been a busy year but this coming year we hope to top this past year’s activities. If you have an interest in the well being of our precious Mirror Lake, please join our team. We meet the second Monday of every month at 5 pm at the Mirror Lake Peacock Beach House, or you may contact Bill Billerman, our chairman, at 523-8925. The MLWA is an entirely volunteer organization with no paid staff of office.

Cordially,

Mirror Lake Watershed Association / Water Management Committee

Bill Billerman – Chair

Mark Wilcox – Treasurer

Mitch Goroski – Secretary

John Eldridge                                       Madeleine Killeen

Georgia Jones                                       Conni Cross

Larry Master                                         Shawn Ayers

Ray Curran

David Ackerman                                  Chair Emeritus

 

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2010 Annual Report

Greetings,

It’s that time of year when we update you on our activities including our educational outreach work. We invite you to join us at our monthly meetings and ask for your donations and support.

We’ve had an extremely dynamic year. The focus of our past activities continues to be to raise awareness and protect Mirror Lake and surrounding water bodies from adverse impacts to water quality. Again this year we increased our efforts to locate potential new invasive species, particularly variable leaf milfoil, before they become established.

Year in Review

Mark Wilson was awarded the seventh Annual “Frog Award” for his efforts in eradicating the invasive species ”variable leaf milfoil” in the waters of Placid Lake thereby preventing the spread to neighboring waters, including Mirror Lake. The award this year was a spectacular photo donated by John Eldridge.

A Lake Champlain Basin Program grant was obtained by the Village of Lake Placid with support from the Association. The grant is to survey and start the design process to improve the storm drain system on the east shore of Mirror Lake.

– A “Don’t Feed the Wildlife” brochure was distributed.
– Volunteers took part in ongoing water testing in conjunction with the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program sponsored by the D.E.C. The results are consistent with a recreational lake, but with a slight spike in the level of phosphorus and chloride, which we will continue to monitor.
– An Earth Day “Poop Scoop” cleaned up the shoreline and walkways after winter snows, and we are seeing less of a problem each year. Doggie bags are available at many locations for your use and are doing the job.
-Storm drain filters are continually monitored around the lake to check on their effectiveness in eliminating the unwanted contaminents of the stormwater. This was done in conjunction with the Village of Lake Placid.

Looking Ahead – Goals for 2011

In the coming year the MLWA has set the following goals:

•Continuing to inventory and control Purple Loosestrife plants and continued searching for potential new invasive species, especially milfoil.
•Searching for a writer to publish monthly articles to educates the public concerning water quality issues.
•Partnering with the Village and Town to test environmentally friendly de-icing agents around Mirror Lake.
•Expanding our area of concern downstream to include the Chubb and Ausable Rivers and helping to implement a Watershed management plan for them.
•Researching and promoting more “lake friendly” products such as de-icing agents and non-phosphate lawn fertilizers, which are available locally.
•Developing a work plan with the Village Of Lake Placid for the grant obtained from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and participating in the collection of the data for the design of an improved stormwater system on the east side of the lake.
•Continuing the on going effort to clean-up Mirror Lake’s under surface garbage and surrounding areas.

The above goals are in addition to our regular activities, which include storm drain stenciling, shoreline cleanup, and the placement of posters and informational articles in the Lake Placid News to increase awareness. Please check out our web site: www.mirrorlake.net.

As you can see 2010 has been a busy year but this coming year we hope to top this past year’s activities. If you have an interest in the well being of our precious Mirror Lake, please join our team. We meet the second Monday of every month at 5 pm at the Mirror Lake Peacock Beach House, or you may contact Bill Billerman, our chairman, at 523-8925.

Cordially,
Mirror Lake Watershed Association / Water Management Committee

Bill Billerman – Chair
Mark Wilcox – Treasurer
Mitch Goroski – Secretary
Shawn Ayers, Conni Cross,
John Eldridge,  Georgia Jones,
Madeline Killeen, Larry Master,
Carol Treadwell, Mark Wilson
David Ackerman – Chair Emeritus