CSLAP Protocol & Forms

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.

Enter your data online at CSLAPdata.org.  If you need access, contact help@CSLAPdata.org for credentials.

NYS DEC 2019 CSLAP Updates Webinar PowerPoint – A link to the recorded webinar is coming soon.  There were some technical glitches!

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.

CSLAP Waiver Forms – Waiver forms must be signed by all volunteers who participate in the program. If their name appears on the Sampling Record Form, Observation Form, or Chain of Custody Form, we need to have a Waiver Form on file!  New York State law prohibits parents/guardians from signing on behalf of minors and thus 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.

2019 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?

2019 CSLAP Checklist (non-Finger Lakes) – Use this handy reference sheet to make sampling and processing go more smoothly.

2019 Finger Lakes (only) CSLAP Checklist – For the 11 “big” lakes that are doing a little bit extra.

2019 Finger Lakes HUB Satellite Pilot Project Calendar – Please note that samples should continue to be collected over the weekend or early in the week and shipped ASAP (regardless of the satellite schedule).  Sample integrity takes priority over satellite coordination.

CSLAP Blank Chain of Custody Sheet – Regular CSLAP samples only. Do not use for Harmful Algal Bloom samples.

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.