An annual, volunteer event comprised of self-directed, environmental improvement projects to

maintain the beautiful lakes and watershed of the Fulton Chain of Lakes

The 2nd annual Maintain the Chain (MTC) event will take place August 5th - August 14th, 2022.

MTC will partner once again with the esteemed Adirondack Watershed Institute to celebrate the 3rd annual Adirondack Water Week and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. MTC is also proud to partner, for the first time, with the prestigious Adirondack Council!

The first MTC "kick-off" event at the beautiful Great Pines Lodge on Fourth Lake was a hit. Local governments, year-round and seasonal residents, homeowners associations and science and advocacy groups came together for a common goal - to protect and maintain the beautiful Adirondack Park.

Special thanks to Tom Collins from the Adirondack Watershed Institute, Blake Neumann from the Adirondack Council, Dr. Nina Schoch from the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, and Tom McCabe and Mark Steigerwald from of the Fulton Chain of Lakes Association for their support and inspirational presentations.

MTC 2022 "kick-off" event - Great Pines Lodge

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Check out photos of self-directed projects already submitted by our 2022 MTC participants!

The Fulton Chain of Lakes Association (FCLA) and the Boon Family of Fourth Lake invite you to participate in the annual Boon Family tradition to "Maintain the Chain".

Interested in participating in the 2022 MTC event? Start planning your project now!


  • Check out our 2021 MTC Participants for project ideas.

  • Helpful Resource Material for planning your project.

  • Important Safety Checklist (please read).

  • REGISTER for the 2022 MTC event.

  • Won't be in the Adirondacks during Water Week - you can still participate. Complete a self-directed project when it is convenient for you!

  • Please submit photos of your project by August 22, 2022 to to be eligible for gifts of appreciation and the 2022 MTC "Best Project" award.

  • Free MTC tote bags will be distributed to participants registered by August 13, 2022.

  • Please consider donating to fund future MTC events.

We cannot thank Outdoor Research enough for its support. OR has generously donated dozens of items to share with our participants. Items will be distributed to select registered participants. Submit photos of your self-directed projects by August 22nd to be in the running for gifts of appreciation for your volunteer efforts.

MTC produced 14 Secchi discs for participants measure water clarity along the Fulton Chain of Lakes. If you are interested in this self-directed, environmentally, focused improvement project, please sign-up here.

ADIRONDACK WATER WEEK - the weeklong regional event is a collaborative celebration of our freshwater resources and our precious watersheds. It is meant to raise awareness of water-related issues, recognize the value of water to our region's economy and environment, and highlight ways that people can protect our waterways.

The Adirondack Council founded in 1975 is committed to protecting the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park.

The CLEAN WATER ACT (CWA) was the first major law enacted to address water pollution in the United States. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the CWA. Come celebrate this landmark water protection legislation by participating in the 2022 MTC event this summer.


What began as a family tradition of sprucing up the area around their Fourth Lake camp has evolved into a widespread clean up event dubbed Maintain the Chain (MTC) that focuses efforts on the Fulton Chain of Lakes. MTC featured in the Adirondack Explorer. Wonderful article by Jamie Organski. Read all about MTC including the history behind the event.

The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation invites children ages 3-5 and their families to participate in a Sunday afternoon program designed to teach about loons through hands-on activities, games, crafts, and stories.

The state’s new requirement that boaters get certified that their boat have been cleaned before launching in ADK waters is in full effect this summer, so how it’s going?

We will be working on an update in the coming weeks and want to hear from anyone who has seen the scene at boat launches this summer: Are people complying with rules or resisting the message of stewards working to limit the spread of invasive species?

While boat stewards from the Adirondack Watershed Institute and other programs around the park are reaching as many boaters as possible, we are hearing some concerns that law enforcement doesn’t have the resources to strictly enforce the law when stewards are not present at launch sites.

St. Lawrence County’s Tooley Pond Road offers slam-dunk of falls viewing.

It seems that everyone in St. Lawrence County knows of Lampson Falls, which is just inside the Blue Line. At 100-feet wide with a 40-foot drop, it is the largest waterfall in the county and a popular destination. Just five miles further south, over a half-dozen falls with flumes and chasms beckon along the Tooley Pond Road.

How can you reduce the environmental impact of your hiking trips? Leave No Trace, the outdoor ethics program founded in 1994, provides tips on protecting the environment while enjoying the great outdoors.

New York State budget invests billions of dollars in clean water and climate initiatives to protect Adirondack wilderness, wildlife, and taxpayers. The budget also creates a new job-training careers pipeline and removes longstanding obstacles to broadband communications development.

The FCLA was founded in 1968 with a mission to protect the waters of the Fulton Chain of Lakes in New York's Central Adirondacks.

Fulton Chain of Lakes Association membership.

By clicking the donate button, you will be redirected to the LivingADK website. Follow the instructions to donate and THANK YOU for your support!

Please visit our MTC Donation page for additional information.

Sponsors, Supporters, and Endorsers of the Maintain the Chain Event

Fulton Chain of Lakes Association

Town of Webb

Town of Inlet

Adirondack Council

Adirondack Watershed Institute (of Paul Smith’s College)

Sixth and Seventh Lakes Improvement Association