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 Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Institute to celebrate the 3rd annual Adirondack Water Week and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

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!

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Thank you to our new partner - the prestigious Adirondack Council (AC). Founded in 1975, the AC is committed to protecting the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park. MTC is grateful for its generosity and support.

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.


The moose population is increasing in the Adirondacks, but slower than expected. Read more to see why.

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.

Eurasian watermilfoil is an invasive species that grows in shallow areas of a lake. It quickly spreads to block sunlight, killing off native aquatic plants that fish and other underwater species rely on for food and shelter. A recent decision to use a herbicide in Lake George to eradicate Milfoil for up to three years has been met with opposition with over 900 signatures collected to stop the herbicide's use.

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.

The Adirondack Watershed Institute has a new stewardship director, Bill Brosseau. Brosseau will be in charge of hiring 100-130 seasonal staff stationed at more than 60 boat launches and other locations in the Adirondacks to provide free boat inspections, washing, and education to boaters.

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.

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 Watershed Institute (of Paul Smith’s College)

Sixth and Seventh Lake Improvement Association