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

The 3rd annual Maintain the Chain event will be held during the 4th annual Adirondack Water Week scheduled for August 5-13, 2023. A "kick-off" event will be held at the beautiful View Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge, NY. Additional details to follow. Start planning your self-directed projects now.

Isabella and Nolan Boon began sprucing up the area around their Fourth Lake camp more than a decade ago. What began as a family tradition has evolved into a widespread clean-up event dubbed Maintain the Chain (MTC). The event not only focuses on maintaining the beauty of the Fulton Chain of Lakes but the entire Adirondack Park, as well.


And the 2022 MTC "Best Project" award goes to....Luis Mikelsons!

Luis Mikelsons from Fourth lake completed, not one, but three self-directed projects. He visited an Adirondack Watershed Institute boat washing station, conducted water clarity measurements using a Secchi disk, and cleaned the lake front around his camp. Congratulations Luis for a well-deserved honor!

Thank you to all of our participants for making the 2nd annual MTC event a huge success. See additional photos of self-directed projects submitted by our 2022 MTC participants! Consider donating to fund the 2023 MTC event.

Water clarity is an indicator of the impact of human activity on our lakes. If water clarity is measured throughout the season and from year to year, trends in water clarity can be observed. Diminishing water clarity can signal an early warning sign that human activity is negatively impacting the health of our lakes. MTC 2022 self-directed projects included obtaining water clarity measurements along the Fulton Chain of Lakes using Secchi discs created for our participants to share. View the measurements obtained by our participants on the map below. Read a short report summarizing our participants' Secchi disc results as well as a spreadsheet that reviews the analyzed data.

We cannot thank Chris Eicher and Outdoor Research enough for its support. Chris generously donated dozens of items to share with our MTC participants.

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 coinciding with the 2nd annual MTC event.

ADIRONDACK NEWS

State agencies, such as the Environmental Conservation and Health, warn people to avoid algae-like formations in lakes and ponds and caution that even cyanobacteria blooms without toxins can be harmful.

The Lake Flower boat launch waterfront is abloom with pollinator-friendly plants. A successful public-private partnership between New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and AdkAction transformed the waterfront from a suburban lawn into a necklace of various native shrubs, trees, and many pollinator plants.

Aerial photos document humans' impact on the Adirondacks. The relentless harvest of Adirondack trees for lumber and paper, the exploitation of iron and other minerals, acid precipitation, and rising temperatures are unavoidable reminders that while much of our park looks pretty good, we are far from being a pristine island of pre-industrial purity.

The Adirondack Mountain Club has begun its 19th year of connecting kids to nature through Marie L. Haberl School Outreach Program: Three Seasons at Heart Lake. The ADK Mountain Club staff welcomed students to Heart Lake by introducing them to the science of fall foliage on a hike up Mt. Jo.

Founded in 2003, the ADK Mountain Club has partnered with elementary schools around the ADK Park, many of which represent underserved communities, and has served over 4,000 students.

Adirondack Conservation News is a collection of the most current events taking place in New York’s Adirondack Park, a unique national treasure and legacy we inherited over 100 years ago that we must protect for future generations. Maintain the Chain is honored to be listed as one of the 5 things you need to know about the Adirondack Park.

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 is featured in the Adirondack Explorer. Read all about MTC including the history behind the event.

At launches across the Adirondack Park, stewards from the Adirondack Watershed Institute form the last line of defense against the spread of invasive plants and animals that latch onto boats and trailers on their way to a new water source.

For the first time since 2019, a team of researchers and scientists relocated dozens of endangered spruce grouse into the Adirondack Park, in hopes of increasing the bird’s population. The translocation project, first organized in 2012, involves capturing the birds out of state and driving them to the Adirondacks.

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.

A gray wolf has been spotted in the Adirondacks for the first time since the start of the 20th century. Currently, the gray wolf is under both New York and Federal protection. State endangered species regulations prohibit the taking of an endangered animal without a permit.

According to The World Bank, the world produced 242 million tons of plastic waste in 2016. Plastic is not biodegradable. It continuously breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, and never goes away. These are called microplastics, which are a big problem in the Adirondack Park. In 2014 it was discovered that at least 15 streams in the Adirondack Park contain microplastics, as reported by the Adirondack Explorer.

Be prepared. Check out the weather before venturing out on the lake, for a hike or to complete an MTC self-directed project.

The Information Center webcams keep you in touch with your favorite places in the Old Forge area. View the webcams in Inlet to keep you up to date on snow accumulations in the area. Feel free to wander, but don't forget to come back and support MTC.

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