Congressman Bill Owens has been meeting regularly with organizations focused on the prevention of invasive species in the Adirondack Park.. He spent a full day last week investigating the issue on Lake George, and several hours at the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College.. which is where we listened in on the conversation.. Watershed Institute Dan Kelting gave a short presentation on the programs and introduced several of the students involved in each of the Institute’s programs. He was speaking in the board room of the Institute about the overall importance of the watershed project… There are 11,000 lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks and over 30,000 rivers and streams in the Park.. Kelting said these waters are critical not only to the ecology of the lakes, but also to the economy of the region..
One way the Institute is helping is by continuously measuring changes to the ecology across the park and gathering those results into one larger picture that allows for more informed decisions and a better understanding of the implications of invasives into the biology of an ecosystem.
The Institute’s mission is to create scientifically sound knowledge about terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and human relationships with the environment while enhancing the educational opportunities available for students to engage the Adirondack Community in ways that facilitate the stewardship of the natural resources.. As one example of how far reaching these issues are, we were given an opportunity to look at a map which has different color lines emanating a central point in the center – which turns out to be Lake Placid.. Kelting describes these vertical lines and explains that each of the lines in red represents visitors to the lake from locations that already contain invasive species. Different colored lines represent different species..
The major pillars of Invasive Species Prevention, Monitoring, Management, Water Quality Stewardship, Outreach and Education…. The Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College.. We listened in during a visit with Congressman Bill Owens..