Trash Clean-up Lake Bottom, Shoreline and Beyond!

The Boon Family’s annual effort to remove trash from the bottom of Fourth Lake inspired this event and may inspire you as well! Read their story:

Homeowner’s Guide to Lake-Friendly Living

Water Gardens in New York

Check out the New York Botanical Garden’s tips for starting your own water garden at

Find plants that are native to your area at the New York Flora Atlas:

Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) Lake Stewards Video Series; Certification and Training Programs

Ranger Station at Alger Island Access Point

Invasive Species - Aquatic

Invasive Species | Adirondack Watershed Institute (

Invasive Species - Terrestrial

Take photos and report infestations of invasive plants or animals to or to the iMapInvasives database:

Harmful Algal Blooms

Additional News Articles

Left photo: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), rapid accumulation of algae in lakes that can be harmful to both wildlife and humans. Common colors are green, blue-green, yellow, brown, or red.

Middle photo: Eurasian Milfoil, is an invasive aquatic plant that destroys ecosystems. Due to the dense mats that it forms, it often makes activities such as boating and swimming difficult or impossible. Furthermore, clusters of these plants serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Right photo: Spotted lantern flies are in invasive pest from Asia that feed on a variety of plants such as maple and walnut trees, and thus pose a significant threat to New York's agricultural health.

Fulton Chain of Lakes Association Donations (optional) to fund future MTC events. For additional information, please see our MTC Donations page.

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