How to Join
All about Dams
Invasive Species (aka "weeds" and more)
Harmful Algal Blooms HABs) (URI WW site)
Studies and Management Plan Reports
and Pond - State Agency Contacts (updated)
Tips for Improved Lakeshore Stewardship from US EPA
The Lakes was founded as the only statewide organization dedicated
to the preservation and protection of Rhode Islandís lakes, ponds
and fresh water resources.† We provide a forum for education, discussion
and action on lake-related issues; we advocate for better fresh
water management policies at the local, state and federal levels.
The Lakes (STL) is managed entirely by volunteers and is a 501(c)3
qualified non-profit organization. We are supported almost exclusively
through membership dues and donations, which are fully tax deductable.
Members are encouraged to join one of STL's committees to become
actively engaged in critical issues and interesting challenges,
while gaining valuable information on lake and watershed issues
(and even have some fun!)
The Lakes members receive information on current and critical
lake issues through email communications, access to environmental
personnel at forums and workshops, and opportunities to network
with other members at events. If you are a permanent or
part-time lake area residents, recreational lake user, lake area
or lake dependent business, we encourage you to join STL and support
our efforts for YOUR lake's sake!
Rhode Island lakes and ponds,
beautfiul in any season!
With the weather starting to warm, it is important to know when a harmful algal bloom (AKA cyanobacteria) is starting. Learn about these increasingly common occurances from the Northeast Cyanobacteria Monitoring Program website (click here), including how you can recognize and report a bloom on your favorite lake.
RIDEM has great resources for recreation and conservation. Check out the Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide (click here).
Got photos of a concern you have for your local lake or pond? (Weed-filled cove, debris laden stormwater outflow, etc.) Share them with STL so we can focus attention on finding solutions Click here to send photo files.