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DEC collaborated with New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) to initiate CSLAP and the program continues to be managed through this partnership.

What Does NYSFOLA Do?

The goals and objectives of NYSFOLA are to protect the water resources of New York through public outreach, education, sharing information, and partnerships.

Two volunteers sorting aquatic vegetation samples in a tray
CSLAP volunteers processing aquatic vegetation
samples for the aquatic plant survey.

NYSFOLA is a non-profit group of lake associations, individual citizens, park districts, lake managers, environmental organizations, and consultants dedicated to the preservation and restoration of NYS lakes and watersheds.

There are over 200 lake associations throughout NYS actively involved in NYSFOLA

NYSFOLA was founded in 1983 to address water quality concerns and invasive species issues for concerned lake associations. The organization expanded following the launch of the CSLAP program and continues to be an important part of their mission.

What Services Do NYSFOLA Provide?

NYSFOLA is involved in many activities in lake communities:

  • NYSFOLA provides annual training for CSLAP volunteers
  • hosts an annual lake management conference for government, academic, and lake managers
  • organizes regional conferences to focus on local topics
  • promotes educational projects and distributes Diet for a Small Lake, a lake management book written in collaboration with DEC
  • participates in advisory groups
  • represents New York State lake associations as an affiliate of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS)

Diet for a Small Lake

NYSFOLA and DEC published Diet for a Small Lake: The Expanded Guide to New York State Lake and Watershed Management in 2009. The book is the result of several years of collaboration on lake management issues, and replaces the first edition of the book published in 1990.

Diet is an introduction to understanding and managing New York State lakes and provides guidance to lakeshore residents, local officials and agencies interested in water resources.

It includes:

  • introduction to lake ecology
  • descriptions of lake restoration and watershed management methods
  • short lake management case studies
  • lake-related New York State laws and regulations
  • guidance for preparing a watershed management plan

DEC and NYSFOLA's relationship serves to collect important lake data, increase public knowledge, and create partnerships between NYS agencies, municipalities, and academic institutions.


Become one of more than 200 active lake associations and join NYSFOLA (see Links Leaving DEC's Website).