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Dam safety

The Upper Saranac Foundation (USF) acquired the Bartlett Carry Dam in 1993 and has operated and maintained it since. This critical structure maintains water levels of up to 4 feet for Upper Saranac Lake. The dam represents a significant responsibility for USF; as owners, we comply with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Dam Safety Standards and follow all required protocols.

The importance of properly operating and maintaining dams became a focus of DEC after the Hadlock Pond Dam — in the town of Fort Ann, just south of the Adirondack Park — failed in 2005. About 520 million gallons of water were released.

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USF receives grant to expand AIS harvesting

The Upper Saranac Foundation (USF) has been awarded a $19,000 matching grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Grants program to expand successful efforts of controlling and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the Upper Saranac Lake (USL) watershed at Fish Creek Campground.

The Fish Creek AIS Spread Prevention and Containment Project combats invasive species to improve water quality and maintain native species in their natural habitats, ensuring the sustainability of our natural public resources for future generations. The program protects economic value through recreation, tourism, sportsmanship, and second home ownership by providing clear waterways.

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USF ramps up AIS protection

In an effort to further protect the water resources of the Upper Saranac Lake (USL) Watershed, the Upper Saranac Foundation (USF) is expanding it’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Partnership Program.

This educational and outreach campaign addresses the increasing threat of invasive species entering the watershed. USF is encouraging residents to reach out to their friends, guests, and visitors to help prevent the spread of harmful invasive species.

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USF works through COVID-19 impact

Even though the world has changed for all of us in the last few months, the Upper Saranac Foundation (USF) is continuing its commitment to maintain and protect the pristine beauty of Upper Saranac Lake and the surrounding watershed.

USF is happy to report that we will continue to provide the full range of our efforts as we have in past years to achieve our mission — in accordance with the guidelines of NY PAUSE.

USF will continue to address the threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS) entering our watershed by supporting Watershed Stewards at launches and the watercraft decontamination station.

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State budget a win for water quality

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, New York state leaders have moved forward with funding that will protect the Adirondack Park.

The recently passed state budget includes several significant investments in clean water: $300 million for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF); $500 million in new clean water infrastructure funding for a total of $1 billion available this year to keep sewage and pollution out of streams, lakes, and drinking water; and a $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act.

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State-owned boat launches back open

After a short closure, New York State has reversed its temporary suspension of boat launches for recreational use.

Additionally, as of Saturday, April 18, marinas and boatyards will be able to open back up, with restrictions.

The newest NYS guidance aligns state policies for a uniform regional approach with neighboring states.

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USF receives grant for AIS removal in Follensby Clear Pond

The Upper Saranac Foundation (USF) has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to help underwrite the cost of expanding successful efforts to control and prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in the Upper Saranac Lake (USL) watershed.

Invasive management of upstream tributaries such as Follensby Clear Pond prevent the export of AIS downstream toward USL, protecting shore owner’s investments from infestation.

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Ice Out

After an earlier than normal arrival of spring, the ice on Upper Saranac Lake is now out. Other water-bodies in the watershed, such as Hoel Pond, still have ice.

This year, the ice is out earlier than normal- the 5th earliest on record. The earliest recorded ice out was on March 24, 2012 and latest in 2018 on May 2nd. For a complete history of ice-in and ice-out records, visit the Upper Saranac Foundation’s Web page at:

Known ice-out records have been monitored for Upper Saranac Lake since 1998. Since 2012, the Upper Saranac Foundation has taken up the maintenance of these records and has added ice-in and ice-out duration statistics. These records help in our ongoing work to study and understand changes occurring to Upper Saranac Lake watershed.

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2019 Water Quality Update released

Upper Saranac Lake is one of the most intensely studied lakes in the Adirondacks. The lake has been the subject of numerous scientific research projects, a 30-year water quality monitoring initiative, and an invasive plant management program that has served as a model for lakes around the world. The Water Quality Update provides a synopsis of the health and trends of water quality for Upper Saranac Lake.

The report includes information obtained from the Environmental Monitoring Platform, analysis of hydrological and chemical loading through the lake’s tributaries, meteorological data, and aquatic plant monitoring data.

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