Participant Resources

Welcome to this online resource page to assist ALAP volunteers in monitoring their lakes.

If you are interested in adding a new lake to add to our database, please contact alap@protectadks.org to make arrangements.

Here’s important new information for 2015:

New Sample Delivery System: In order to improve data quality and laboratory efficiency we must get each month’s sample to the AWI lab immediately. There are three reasons for this procedural change: 1) many of the chemical and biological signatures we are interested in rapidly degrade if not analyzed quickly; 2) The AWI staffs the lab in the summer to assist with the analysis, when sample arrive in September through December the lab is understaffed and cannot efficiently analyze the samples; and 3) Timely submission of the samples will result in quicker report generation.

We recognize that getting the samples to the lab quickly may create some practical difficulties for volunteers. However we believe this is an important step in the development of the program. Most volunteer lake monitoring networks require fast turnaround time on field samples. In order to expedite the delivery process ALAP will bring on a summer employee to pick samples up every month from regional collection hubs.

Watch a new ALAP training video produced by the Adirondack Watersheds Institute here.

Sample Drop Locations: We will use four sample drop locations in the summer of 2015.

1. Paul Smith’s College – Hours Monday-Thursday 8-5, Friday 8-3. Adirondack Watershed Center Institute/Poalozzi Center. Click here for directions to Paul Smith’s College. Please contact Corey Laxson at AWI to arrange a delivery time [phone (518) 327-6101 or email at claxson@paulsmiths.edu

2. North Creek – Freezer is located on Susan Murante’s front porch at 156 Main St. directly opposite the school parking lot. Porch door is always open. Susan can be contacted at (518) 251-2225 if necessary.

3. Blue Mountain Lake – Freezer is located in a brown garage at 3339 NYS Route 28. This is on the north side of the road, 0.9 mile west from the intersection of Route 28 and 30. Call 518-352-7717 if you have questions.

4. In Lake George – Freezer is located at PROTECT office at 1851 State Route 9. Monday-Friday 9-5. Ring doorbell, freezer is in kitchen on 2nd floor in the back. Contact Peter Bauer (518) 685-3088.

5. We’re exploring an Old Forge location.

Mailing Frozen Samples: If you cannot reach a hub, please mail samples. USPS Priority Mail works well. It’s 1-2 day mail time depending on location. Try and deliver your sample to the Post Office late in the day. Mail frozen, wrapped in newspaper that is taped closed. Include data sheet. Mail to:

Corey Laxson
Paul Smith’s College
7777 NYS Route 30
Paul Smith’s, NY 12970

New Sampling Schedule: In the 2015 sampling season we need to get all volunteers to try and perform their monthly samples during the same week each month and deliver them to the Sample Drop Location at the same time. Below are the sampling and sample delivering dates:

5-Month Sampling Season:

Week of May 18th (deliver samples to drop location by May 25th)
Week of June 22nd (deliver samples to drop location by June 29th)
Week of July 20th (deliver samples to drop location by July 27th)
Week of August 17th (deliver samples to drop location by August 24th)
Week of September 21st (deliver samples to drop location by September 28th)

3-Month Sampling Season:

Week of June 22nd (deliver samples to drop location by June 29th)
Week of July 20th (deliver samples to drop location by July 27th)
Week of August 17th (deliver samples to drop location by August 24th)

Additional Materials: Instructions and Forms for Volunteer Monitors:

Data Recording Form and Instructions from the Adirondack Watersheds Institute
Simplified Volunteer Monitor Instructions for ALAP Water Sampling
ALAP Registration Form

Click here for the ALAP online registration page.

Completed registration forms and any questions may be sent electronically to alap@protectadks.org or mailed to:

Protect the Adirondacks
P.O. 769
Lake George, NY 12845

Thank you for contributing to the development of this database, another step in ensuring the quality of our lakes and ponds, an invaluable Adirondack resource.