Posted July 20, 2013


President Rainbow Lake Association
Jody Deal
198 Clark Wardner Road
Rainbow Lake, NY 12976


RE: Rainbow Lake Water Quality Monitoring Program

Option 1: It is recommended thar the present water quality monitoring program be continued next year at the same level sampled in the pa<;t and tor the same fee of$ 1700.00 because:

1. The only way to tell if human activities are causing a decline in Rainbow Lake, Clear Pond or I ,uke Kushaqua's water quality and drop in dissolved oxygen is to continue to monitor next year and in the years to come to see if there are any changes or trends that develop in water quality.

2.  Short term changes can be  cau..<;ed by events such as a very wet spring like this past year. If water quality declines remarkably this year and we had not monitored last year or next year we would not know if this was because of a remarkable spring weather event or a long term trend. If a trend docs develop over a few yearb we could look at what is happening more closely and develop some management options.

3.  The Rainbow Lakes, like most Adirondack Lakes, have extremely limited water quality data sets, but by monitoring these lakes over the many years we are beginning to build om: of the better long term lake data sets in the Adirondack Park. By continuing to add onto this data set, we are now able to look at some long term trends and know what type of management tools arc needed for the future health of the Rainbow Lakes.

4.  If an algae bloom does occur, as has happened recently in Upper Saranac Lake and the St. Regis Lakes, we will be able to inform the Rainbow Lake Association very soon after and we will be able to identify the type of algae since many forms are toxic and som;

5.  If the Department of Enviromnental Conservation or Adirondack Park Agency is needed thr any re;:ason, such as fish stocking, invasive species control, water quality problems, or management issues they need lake data to make informed decisions.  The first thing thes:
Management Plan is and what data are you collecting?

6.  Money spent on water quality monitoring is like seed money for other grants. If you apply fbr grants from the EPA, DEC. Lake Champlain Basin Program or whomever, they look for associations who spend money on water quality monitoring either as match momy or has having a great interest in their lakes future.

7.  When you hire the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smiths College you have qualified lake managers, chemists and biologist at hand and can tap into their expertise usually for free at any time. It is like having a doctor or lawyer on permanent retainer.

8.   We are also available to speak to your Association at meetings as we have done in the past about any water quality issues free of charge.  At present we are studying
120 lakes throughout the Adirondack Park and we are available to your
Association to compare your lakes water quality to other lakes in the Park.

9.   The Rainbow Lake Associations present monitoring contract is for$ 1700 and has changed very little over the past.  We have kept the cost well below all of are
other Jake contracts due to the close proximity of Rainbow Lake, our existing good relationship with the Association, and the already developed data base. (We usually charge about $1700 per lake for all of our other projects or three times what we charge the Rainbow Lake Association.)

10.  Finally, your camp or home on Rainbow Lake, Clear Pond or Lake Kushaqua is a huge financial investment that has a market value.  Is spending $30, $40, or even
$50 a year that much money to protect that investment?   As an example:  In many parts of the country and the Old rorge region ofthe Adirondack Park lake front property is reassessed and devalued by 25% if Eurasian milfoil or other nuisance invasive species or reoccurring algae blooms occur.

Option 2: Keep the present three month sampling on Rainbow Lake, Lake Clear and Kushaqua but drop the extra four dip stations at the Flow, Inlet, West basin and Outlet.  This would keep most of the testing in place but drop some of the extra locations that are used to track in lake changes throughout Rainbow Lake. This would cut the present water quality monitoring program from
$ 1700.00 back to$ 1300.00.

I would be happy to address any questions or concerns regarding A J services.
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Kindest Regards,     .

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Michaet De Angelo
Adirondack Watershed Institute
P.O. Box 244
Paul Smith's, New York 12970.
Phone: 327-6270 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .