CSLAP Protocol & Forms

Take the 2020 CSLAP Survey

NYSFOLA has put together a survey to help us gather information about the ways lake associations use CSLAP data and what we can do to make the program better.

We recognize that the survey is somewhat long.  However, this information is very important – especially as future budget decisions for the program are likely to be determined by how useful the program is seen to “legislative eyes”.  Let’s show everyone (including those working on state budgets) how many ways CSLAP helps lake associations!

The CSLAP volunteers received the survey via email, but lake association members and officers who are not CSLAP volunteers are welcome to fill it out.  We just need to know what lake you’re from.

Help us gather the data to show off all of your hard work and how it has benefitted your lake.  You can find the survey here:  https://forms.gle/gWJXc9D5QW4HBPrt8.  If you have any problems accessing the form, please contact Owen Zaengle – ozaengle@nysfola.org. 

We would like to highlight your lake association’s achievements and share your stories. 

Note:  Although the data will be compiled and shared with everyone, you can fill out the survey without your name being connected to the answers you’ve given.

Won’t you please fill it out today? 

2021 CSLAP Waiver Form – All 2021 CSLAP participants  listed on the Sampling Record Form must have a signed, original waiver form on file with NYSFOLA.  If you add someone mid-season, please have them fill out the form prior to sampling and send it in with the paperwork on top of the cooler.  

2020 CSLAP Sampling Protocol – This document describes the CSLAP equipment and on-lake sampling procedures. It also explains the paperwork, on-shore sample processing and provides instructions for shipping samples to the laboratory.

2020 CSLAP Sampler COVID-19 Guidance – This document refers to the latest Centers for Disease Control and NYS Department of Health Guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flue, and COVID-19 and provides instructions for cleaning equipment.  

CSLAPdata.org  is a separate website for entering CSLAP data. In 2020, all CSLAP reports must be entered using the online data website. If you need access, contact help@CSLAPdata.org for credentials.   For step by step directions for entering CSLAP session data, click  Sampling Session Input Steps and for directions on entering the shoreline HAB report using the NYHABS form click on Shoreline HAB Form Input Steps.

NYS DEC 2019-2020 CSLAP Updates Webinar PowerPoint – This supplements the training video below.

2020 CSLAP Satellite Overflight Calendar – Help us compare lab chlorophyll a levels to satellite images if the dates/weather conditions permit.

CSLAP Training Videos – Do you need a refresher course on any part of the sampling protocol? Watch the videos starring DEC’s own Scott A. Kishbaugh.

2021 CSLAP Waiver Forms – Original, signed waiver forms must be on file with NYSFOLA for all program participants whose name appears on the CSLAP Application, Sampling Record Form, Observation Form, or Chain of Custody Form.   New York State law prohibits parents/guardians from signing on behalf of minors and waiving their legal rights.  For this reason, all CSLAP participants must be 18 years of age or older.  

CSLAP Protocol Do’s and Don’ts – Avoid the most common CSLAP errors – review the “oops” sheet that UFI and NYSFOLA send back with coolers when they find an error.

CSLAP Perception Survey Form – Aesthetic & recreational use observations and Health & Safety observations.

CSLAP Sampling Record Form – Secchi readings, sounding depth, date & time of sampling, air & water temperature, weather and other observations.

Harmful Algal Bloom Visual Observation Reference Sheet – What does a HAB look like?

CSLAP Plant Sampling Protocol – This document has instructions for the optional full lake plant sampling process. There are also instructions for submitting plants for identification. (Hint: Take a picture first!)

AIS Shoreline Plant Sampling Protocol – This approach is for those who want to assess the presence or absence of aquatic invasive species (AIS), rather than trying to determine the population of plants in the lake. This survey is less complex and requires less time than the full CSLAP plant survey.

Test Your Secchi Savvy! – Not sure whether or not that Secchi has really disappeared?  Use the Secchi Simulator tool from our friends at the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.

More supplemental forms

NYSFOLA and NYSDEC have provided additional sampling protocols and forms to help better understand our NYS lakes, their uses and conditions.

Lake Level Survey is simply tracking the level of the lakes to see how it changes seasonally, after rainstorms, and over time. Click for the form and instructions.

Zebra Mussel Monitoring helps us understand the spread of the invasive zebra mussel. It’s just as important to know where they are not! This is easy to do! Click for instructions.