The proposed management recommendations for the Upper Saranac watershed are now available, and the Upper Saranac Foundation (USF) is seeking public input via an online survey. Responses will be collected through Dec. 22.
This effort is part of a watershed management plan coordinated by USF in partnership with the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI). This plan will define community priorities related to watershed resources and establish the framework for future state funding grant proposals; it will build on a 1998 management plan that was developed with input from stakeholders and the public. Additionally, it includes decades of monitoring and management activities on the lake.
The current recommendations reflect previous public feedback, collected by USF and AWI over the course of the last 18 months. The draft plan includes actions related to water quality protection, invasive species management and prevention, protecting native plant and animal habitat, promoting safe and responsible recreational activities, preserving lake character, coordination among municipalities and lake groups, and strengthening education and outreach to lake residents and the public. The plan is slated to be complete in 2022.