Our beautiful Little Long Lake has a surface area of about 158 acres and a shoreline of about 6.8 miles. The Lake's watershed is about 4,000 acres of (mostly) minimally developed forest land.
The Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP) is a partnership between PROTECT, the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College (AWI), and project sponsors and lake monitors. ALAP was established in 1998 to help develop a comprehensive and up-to-date database of water quality conditions in the Adirondack Park.
Little Long Lake has participated in the ALAP lake water sampling program since 1999.
Little Long Lake water samples are taken in June, July, and August. Water samples are analyzed for pH, alkalinity, conductivity, color, nitrates, chlorophyll, and total phosphorus concentrations. Among the threats to Adirondack lakes are acid rain and phosphorous, which can lead to unnatural algae blooms and the growth of unwanted aquatic plants. Water testing monitors the Lake for any changes in water quality.
LAKE ASSESSMENT REPORTS
- The 2018 Lake Water Assessment Report is available now. The full report covering 68 participating lakes (174 pages) is available here (may load slowly).
The full 2015 Lake Water Assessment Report (181 pages) is available here (may load slowly).
There is a four page comparison of the 2017 and 2018 test results for Little Long Lake here. Lake water quality in 2018 is almost the same as in 2017. Lake water transparency has been declining over the years, although in 2018 water transparency was better than in 2017.
There is an eight page extract entitled Understanding and Interpreting ALAP Data available here.
The full 2017 Lake Water Assessment Report (168 pages) is available here (may load slowly).
The full 2016 Lake Water Assessment Report (169 pages) is available here (may load slowly).
The 2014 Lake Water Assessment Report (22 pages) is available here.
In the Summer of 2016 the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation surveyed the fish population of Little Long Lake (the Lake was previously surveyed in 1991, 2001, 2003, and 2006). The NYSDEC Fishery Survey of Long Lake (9 pages) is available here. There was no expense to the LLL Campers' Association for this survey.
In 2016 Little Long Lake was surveyed for the presence of invasive species (both plants and animals) by the Adirondack Aquatic Invasive Species Response Team from Paul Smith's College. Notes about the survey and the full survey report are available here (there was no expense to the LLL Campers' Association for this survey).
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