Click here for the Adirondack Lake Assessment Program [ALAP]: 2015 Report prepared by Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Institute and Protect the Adirondacks. See page 42 for the Canada Lake report.
Also see the Town of Caroga website for more recent ALAP reports: http://townofcaroga.com/environment/alap.htm
CSLAP (CITIZENS STATEWIDE LAKE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM)
Canada Lake has been participating in CSLAP for 12 years (from 2001 to 2013), took a one year break to allow another lake to join the program, and rotated back in for 2012. Learn more about the program: http://www.cslap.net/
Click on the links below to see the water quality reports for 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016:
BACTERIA MONITORING PROGRAM
The bacteria monitoring program has been in effect for 7 years. The results of the last 5 years of monitoring have not shown any locations with repeated elevated total coliform levels that would warrant further laboratory tests to further indicate possible septic pollution. This does not mean that septic problems do not exist on properties on Canada Lake. Keep in mind that the time of sampling, recent rain events and the specific spot along shore where the actual sample was collected are all factors that could alter results for a given area. To view CLCA's bacteria monitoring protocol, click on the link below:
As a lakeshore homeowner, YOU have a special responsibility to ensure that your septic systems are not polluting the lake:
- Limit the water entering your tank. Use water saving fixtures. Fix toilet float valves, leaks, and dripping faucets. Spread clothes washing over the entire week.
- Pump the tank when necessary. This means every two to three years, or as indicated by your annual inspection.
- Divert surface water drainage away from the absorption field. If you do not know the condition of your septic system, have the system inspected.
- Do not connect the basement sump pump or other “clean water” discharges to the septic tank.
- Do not put materials down drains that will clog the septic tank (fats, grease, coffee grounds, paper towels, sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, etc.).
- Do not put toxic substances in drains that might end up in the groundwater (cleaning fluids, oils, paints, disinfectants, pesticides, etc.).
- Do not use chemicals to clean your system. They may interfere with the biological action in the tank, clog the drain field by flushing sludge and scum into the field, or add toxic chemicals to groundwater. Starters are not necessary for new tanks or after pumping existing tanks.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Lakes Partnership
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