CSLAP Protocol & Forms

2022 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.