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 took place August 5th - August 14th, 2022.

58 teams and 190 people participated in this year's event surpassing the number of participants registered for our inaugural event last year.

MTC partnered 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 also partnered, 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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And the "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.

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MTC self-directed projects included obtaining water clarity measurements along the Fulton Chain of Lakes using Secchi discs created for our participants to share. 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. View the measurements obtained by our participants on the map below.

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. Come celebrate this landmark water protection legislation by participating in the 2022 MTC event this summer.


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 featured in the Adirondack Explorer. Wonderful article by Jamie Organski. 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.

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

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.

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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