Special to the Express
PISECO - Lake Pleasant Sacandaga Association lake monitors met at the Oxbow Inn here Friday morning, June 15.
Fourteen monitors were present representing the five bodies of water LPSA monitors: Lake Pleasant, Sacandaga Lake, Fawn Lake, Whitaker Lake and Oxbow Lake. The purpose of the meeting was to refresh training for identifying invasive plant species and share experiences and new ideas.
LPSA ecologist and board member Peter Tobiessen presented a training session for the monitors including a "live" collection of aquatic plants he harvested from nearby waters. A map indicating areas inspected on each lake was handed out.
Techniques for survey and likely habitat for each species were given. Typically, lake monitors inspect a segment of shoreline several times each season, looking for invasive plants such as Eurasian watermilfoil, curley leaf pondweed and water chestnut.
Early detection is one of the best means of preventing the destruction of aquatic environments. Anyone interested in becoming a lake monitor is asked to contact LPSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.