MAINTAIN THE CHAIN

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

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

It's all set!

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!




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 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!

  • SELF-DIRECTED IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

  • 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. No problem. You can complete a self-directed project anytime throughout the summer!

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

  • Free MTC tote bags will be distributed to registered participants.

  • Please consider donating to fund future MTC events.

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*Your participation in the MTC event is at your own risk. Your decision to participate as a volunteer is made of your own free will.

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.

ADIRONDACK NEWS

Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a bill that requires motorized boats to be inspected for invasive plants and other harmful organisms prior to launch in Adirondack waters. The bill passed unanimously and creates new safeguards for Adirondack Park’s precious lakes and rivers.

The new Adirondack Park inspection requirement began May 2022 at the start of the new boating season.


Adirondack Watershed Institute hires over 100 people for summer jobs throughout the Adirondack region. These seasonal jobs offer experience in environmental science and natural resource management. Positions range from watercraft inspection stewards working on the front lines of aquatic invasive species spread prevention, to research technicians assisting with lab and field operations in our environmental research lab.


The state’s lawyers on June 8th argued in Warren County court that the Lake George Park Commission should be allowed to move forward this month with a plan to use an aquatic herbicide in the lake’s battle against invasive Eurasian watermilfoil.

Judge Robert Muller of the state Supreme Court in Warren County noted Lake George has been around for thousands of years and milfoil has long posed an environmental threat as he pressed the lawyers about why the park commission couldn’t wait longer to carry out its plan.

The Town of Indian Lake was the biggest winner among Adirondack communities when the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) awarded $638 million in grants to municipalities statewide for water infrastructure projects.

Seven Adirondack communities were awarded $8 million toward local clean water projects costing more than $23 million.


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