Motorists be on the alert for turtles

I’ve already rescued 2 painted turtles along Adirondack roadways

Lake Stewardship

Each June, motorists should be on the alert for turtles crossing the road.

Did you know?

  • Our native turtles are on the move in June seeking sandy areas to lay their eggs
  • In New York, thousands of turtles are killed each year when they are struck by vehicles as they migrate to their nesting areas
  • It may take more than 10 years for a turtle to reach breeding age, and they lay just one small clutch of eggs each year, so the loss of a breeding female can have a significant effect on the local population
  • All eleven species of land turtles that are native to New York are declining

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CEE President participates in several 2018 Water Quality Conferences

Michael R. Martin, CLM, participated in a number of water quality conferences this year.

NYS Harmful Algal Bloom Summit – March 20, 2018

Michael was a participant in the NYS Harmful Algal Bloom Summit held in Ticonderoga, NY. The summit included a day-long working session and an evening session open to the public where background information about HABs is provided. A recording of the live stream of the March 20 North Country Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Summit evening session is available for viewing. This was the third of four summits being held to guide the state’s comprehensive effort to protect vulnerable lakes and waterbodies in Upstate New York from HABs.

MA Congress of Lakes and Ponds (MA COLAP) – April 18, 2018

Michael was a featured speaker at the MA COLAP Annual Workshop held at the MA Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters, Westborough, MA. The conference focused on invasive species and lake management in Massachusetts. Michael presentation was about the development of an innovative aquatic plant management strategy that used GIS to create zone-based treatment regimes for managing aquatic plants while preserving lake use and environmental features (see Chautauqua Lake Macrophyte Management Strategy). Learn more about MA COLAP and the Annual Workshop at

NYS Federation of Lake Associations (NYS FOLA) – May 4-5, 2018

Michael was a featured speaker at NYS FOLA’s 35th Annual Conference at the Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George, NY. The conference theme was“Protecting Lakes for 35 Years: Our Past, Present and Future.” Michael opened a session on the aquaatic invasive plant species, Hydrilla, with a presentation entitled “Hydrilla 101 – Everything You Wish You Didn’t Have to Know About Hydrilla.” Cedar Eden Environmental was also an exhibitor at this conference. Learn more about NYS FOLA and the Annual Conference at

NH Lakes Congress – June 1, 2018

Cedar Eden Environmental will be exhibiting at the NH Lakes Congress held at Church Landing at Mill Falls, Meredith, NH. The 2018 conference theme was “NH Lakes – The Next 25 Years.” Michael has a long history with NH lakes, having started his career as an Environmental Biologist with the NH Department of Environmental Services, where he sampled numerous lakes and ponds, developed a number of lake management plans, co-founded the state volunteer lake monitoring program, co-founded the state chronic toxicity biological testing lab and created the state lake water quality database.

NH LAKES hosts its annual Lakes Congress each spring. During this all-day educational, training, and networking event, lake and other natural resource stewards, lake management professionals, lake-related business leaders, and municipal and political leaders exchange information, ideas and experiences, and introduce new approaches to help manage and protect our lakes. The 2018 Lakes Congress, its 25th annual gathering, celebrated the history of lake culture in New Hampshire while specifically focusing on current and emerging threats that must be addressed during the next 25 years to preserve NH lakes. Learn more about NH Lakes Association at


25 Years of Monitoring

2016 marked the 25th year that I have been monitoring Mount Arab Lake and Eagle Crag Lake for the Mount Arab Preserve Association (MAPA). Its not often one gets to work on preserving pristine waters rather than restore impacted lakes and ponds. Situated in the heart of the northern Adirondacks, the MAPA lakes have thus far avoided impacts from invasive species and acid rain. MAPA has made great strides in reducing the potential pollution from septic systems by converting many of the residents’ septic systems to composting toilets, resulting in reduced in-lake phosphorus.