Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK) Backcountry Water Monitors Program is a partnership with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) of Paul Smith’s College, the NY Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP), The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Invasive Species Coordination Unit, the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC). With the help of our partners, ADK has trained 55 volunteer citizen scientists in the last two years. Last year ADK staff and volunteers surveyed 14 ponds, including Berrymill Pond, Clements Pond, Chapel Pond, Connery Pond, Dead Creek Pond, Edgecomb Pond, Fish Brook Pond, Giant Washbowl, Heart Lake, Little Jabe, Lost Pond, Owen Pond, Weller Pond, Wing Pond. This year the target is at least 10 ponds. To date, four ponds have been surveyed including, Island Pond, Long Pond, Amy’s Pond, and Deer Pond.
Mal Provost of the Schenectady Chapter shared his experience below.