FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RE: State Agency’s Lake Steward Award to Ballston Lake Improvement Association’s Dave Pierce
BALLSTON LAKE, NY — The New York State Federation of Lake Associations, Inc. (NYSFOLA) presented its 2016 Lake Steward Award to Ballston Lake Improvement Association’s Board Member and Lake Management Committee Chair to Dave Pierce at the recent NYSFOLA Annual Meeting. The award is presented annually to a lake association volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for his/her lake association.
“Dave has worked tirelessly in his efforts to preserve and improve the quality of the waters of Ballston Lake and to provide education about the water quality and preservation efforts needed to sustain a lake resource,”
said BLIA president, Peter Herman.
“Dave’s science background has been a critical asset in the process of testing and analyzing the water quality of Ballston Lake. I have no doubt that Dave’s meticulous records and data contributed tremendously to the success of a recent Town of Ballston and Town of Clifton Park referendum approving the funds for a sewer system ringing Ballston Lake. We are so appreciative of his time and talent and pleased to congratulate him on this prestigious NYSFOLA honor.”
Among many activities, Dave was instrumental in writing a grant that helped fund a study to measure the water quality in the inlets feeding Ballston Lake. Dave then led the study which took two years and required hundreds of samplings of the streams during high rain events. These samplings had to be made every few hours so there were many sleepless nights. He also led the effort to set up the equipment and process needed to get lake data including water temperature, lake level and oxygen levels on a daily basis. He then worked on the collection of that data. His collaboration with Dr. Greg Boyer SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry provided an insightful data analysis of waters along the shoreline of the lake.
Dave works regularly with the Saratoga County Soil and Water Conservation District to address issues that deal directly with the Ballston Lake Watershed. He and his wife Ann are regular attendees at Town of Ballston Town Board meetings, monitoring and providing input to the town board on agenda issues that potentially impact Ballston Lake. He has worked with the town to establish a detailed Ballston Lake water shed area.