2020 Annual Conference

Restoring Our Watersheds” May 1-2, 2020

The 37th NYSFOLA Annual Conference will be held May 1-2, 2020 at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George, NY.

Our Friday night keynote banquet speaker will be Dr. Kathleen Weathers, Ecosystem Scientist, with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY.   


Kathleen Weathers studies ecosystem processes within and among aquatic, airborne, and terrestrial systems.

She was co-Chair of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) for 10 years, guiding GLEON from its infancy to adulthood. GLEON is a world-wide grassroots collaboration of 800 research partners studying 150 lakes in 53 countries. Their aim: understand, predict, and communicate lakes’ response to environmental change using data from lake-based sensors. This work encompasses impacts from human activities such as road salting, agriculture, and climate change.


The registration deadline for rooms and meal tickets will be April 17, 2020.  Meal tickets will not be available on site so please plan ahead. 

Exhibitor Information:  (see below for abstract submittal)

Exhibitor Flyer – Click Here

Online Exhibitor Registration – Click Here

Mail in Exhibitor Registration Form – Click Here

Interested in becoming a sponsor? – Click Here and contact Nancy Mueller (800)796-3652.

Attendee Registration:

Online Attendee (non-exhibitor) Registration – Click Here

Mail in Attendee Registration Form – Click Here  

Lodging Information:

Hotel information and reservations: Lodging arrangements should be made directly with the Fort William Henry Hotel.  Ask for the NYSFOLA room rate.  1-800-234-0267

Standard Room – $94/night plus applicable state and local taxes*

Premium Room – $104/night plus applicable state and local taxes

Grand Basic Room – $124/night plus applicable state and local taxes


We look forward to seeing you.

For more information, contact Nancy Mueller fola@nysfola.org (800)796-3652.


Call for Abstracts:

We are accepting submissions of abstracts for oral presentations, and presenters will be allotted 20-30 minutes, depending on the session, including time for questions. Although the focus of the conference will be on watershed restoration, we encourage submissions related to any lake related topic. We are especially interested in the following topics.

  • Watershed Protection/Restoration Initiatives
  • Large Lake Planning & Management
  • TMDL and 9 Element Planning and Implementation
  • Small Lake Success Stories
  • Urban Lake Management
  • Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Fisheries Topics
  • Dams / Dam Safety
  • Local lake-oriented legislation and policies
  • Lake related community collaborations
  • Small not-for-profit organization management and fundraising strategies

NYSFOLA does not endorse specific products, services, or vendors. Therefore, presentations by individuals representing corporations or projects conducted by corporations should avoid the use of trade or brand names and refer to products or services by a generic descriptor unless the relationship is clearly stated from the start.

All abstracts should include the following:

Title: Should accurately summarize the subject of the proposed presentation.

Authors: Provide names and affiliations of all authors.

Text: Abstract should state the purpose, significance, and main conclusions/implications of the work. Text must not exceed 250 words, submissions in excess of 250 words may be truncated.

Students: Please indicate if the primary author is a student so that the presentation may be considered for student awards.

Contact Information: Email and phone number please.

Registration:  All presenters of accepted abstracts must register for the conference no later than April 17, 2020.  NYSFOLA does not waive registration fees for presenters.  Registration information will be available at www.nysfola.org early in 2020.

Abstract Submittal:  Abstracts are being accepted online through February 28, 2020.   Click here to submit.