How to Tell a Lake Newbie from a Lake Oldie:
Why the Tioughnioga Lake Association Is a Great Resource
A lake newbie looks out at the lake and sees two islands. A lake oldie looks out at the lake and sees the island. Check the postcard slide show below. You will see at least one historic photograph that clearly shows one island. Over the past 50 – 75 years erosion took its toll on the island. The little frog pond at the center of the island the oldies remember is gone. The frog pond became a smelly bog. Later, trees died and the pond vanished. Lake water crept in enough to change a bog into a shallow channel. Boats can now navigate between the two small land masses.
One island or two, isn’t the point. Erosion is the point. Erosion caused the island change. Without remediation, there might not be any islands at all by now. Hard to imagine a high elevation swamp in the middle of the lake. Not a pretty thought. The lake association and a group of energetic volunteers came to the island rescue.
The lake association recognized the problem and acted. Residents kicked in enough money to buy materials and volunteers built a gabion wall around the exteriors of each island. See the Save the Island Project on the lake association web site for details.
Many among the lake community who led the Save the Island effort still serve as officers, committee chairs or volunteers of the lake association. The Tioughnioga Lake Association is a major resource. It has been working as such in one way or another since before World War II. Members contribute hundreds of volunteer hours to lake association projects and membership dues support the activities lake residents have come to expect year in and year out.
Credit for postcards: DeRuyter Lake Postcard collection provided courtesy of the Tromptown Historical Society (DeRuyter NY) for a state-wide post card collection project of the NYS Library supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act Fund as awarded by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Studies
Be a Better Environmental Preservation Citizen
Reference: Diet for a Small Lake The Expanded Guide to New York State Lake and Watershed Management (Second Edition). Can be purchased through NYSFOLA. Go to that Web site. George Kelley and Nancy Craft, both DeRuyter Lake residents worked on the editorial control of the publication prepared by the New York State Federation of Lake Associations, Inc. in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Click on these Web sites for important environmental conservation information.
http://www.nysfola.org/ Lake residents should join NYSFOLA as individuals. Valuable information of the Web site and good publications.
http://deruyterlake.mylaketown.com/home. Web site of the Tioughnioga Lake Association