Since 2002, APIPP has surveyed Adirondack lakes and ponds for presence, or absense, of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Starting in 2015, APIPP deployed a contracted AIS Early Detection Team to grow our reach and cover as many water bodies as possible within our 6 million acre + PRISM territory. Early Detection surveys allow APIPP to catch new infestations in their infancy, allowing for quick management to take place before invasive speices take a foothold. For more background on methods, locations, and findings, explore APIPP's Aquatic Invasive Species Early Detection Reports.
Below are maps and survey results of lakes and ponds surveyed by year by the Adirondack Research Early Detection Team, starting in 2018. Every year the Early Detection Team rotates to cover all the lakes within a region of the Adirondack Park. Each lake map and accompannying information table includes records of: "Vegetation Survey Area" (the full range where plants could grow within a lake - native, invasive, and noninvasive alike); Invasive Plant Beds (if found); Where Plankton Tows took place (PP); Locations where Invasive Mollusk Sieve Surveys occured (SS). A number of lakes and ponds also include maps showing the waterbody's bathymetric (underwater topography) and bottom hardness (different sediment types - bedrock vs. sand) conditions. If you have questions regarding how to interpret these documents, please reach out to APIPP staff to help answer any questions.