The work of the Lake Management Committee will continue in 2020 as the waters of Copake Lake do not know anything about the Coronavirus. The weeds and algae will continue to grow, and the natural process of the lake will continue. Our members rely on us to care for the lake and the watershed, and we will continue to provide invasive weed and algae treatments as planned.
Our contractors are considered to be essential service providers and will work under COVID-19 protocols. Please be mindful and avoid approaching treatment equipment when it is on the lake. In addition, many laboratories are closed, so we do not yet know if we can continue to report coliform results as we have in past years. We will keep you apprised as we learn more. Please bear with us.
COVID-19 may have changed the world, but the cost of caring for the lake has not changed. Your support will be more vital than ever this year as social distancing requirements curtail our normal fundraising activities. Please visit our Donate page to help support our work.
MANAGING THE WATERSHED
The Lake Management Committee monitors lake water quality and recommends actions to minimize nuisance weeds and algae, reduce shoreline damage and avoid introduction of invasive species. The LMC contracts with a lake consultant and aquatic management firm for weed surveys, water testing and treatment applications.
Overview and Best Practices
Lakeside homeowners, dock and marina users, and anyone within the watershed (the area from which water flows into the lake) all impact the quality of Copake Lake.
YOU can help to protect Copake Lake by preserving or mimicking natural processes in the watershed, so that water flowing into the lake stays as clean as possible.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR LAKE MAPS? WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WILDLIFE AROUND THE LAKE? INTERESTED IN LONG-TERM TRENDS LIKE WATER CLARITY? Then this section is for you. We have compiled many resources for our members.
Due to current budgetary constraints the Copake Lake Conservation Society Grants Program will be suspended until further notice.
The temperature in the lake is in the 60s in early spring, typically warms up to early 70s by Memorial Day, and peak lake surface water temperature is typically reached in early August. Peak summer temperature measured in the center (the shallows will be warmer) is commonly about 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The actual water temperature varies naturally with depth and season. It is the major factor controlling when the ice forms and breaks up during any winter season.
The filamentous algae in your area is a naturally occurring result of clear water and abundant sunlight. The algae grows on the bottom and as it produces oxygen can rise to the surface and form mats. It is a green algae and is not hazardous to health. Our recommendation to shoreline owners is to take action on their own and rake or skim the algae from their areas and dispose of on land. It is harmless, it just looks icky.
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