Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you have questions?

These are some of the most frequently asked questions,
and their answers.
1. How do I manage invasive plants on my property?

Visit our website for landowner best management practices then complete and submit the landowner indemnity agreement permitting District staff to treat invasive plants on your property.

2. When is the Water Testing Program?

Drop off days are once a month May through September. Pick up a kit and instructions at the District or municipal offices. Find our more in our Water Testing Program page.

3. What's that weird plant growing in the lake?

It could be any number of aquatic plants. Please get a sample or take a photo, and we can help with identification.

4. When is the Adirondack Tree and Shrub Sale?

The Adirondack Tree and Shrub Sale is held the end of April. Orders are due in March. Order form and product descriptions available online or at the District office.

5. What services to you offer landowners?

We are here to serve Hamilton County’s landowners. We offer septic system inspections and dye kits, shoreline protection, streambank stabilization, erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, native plant recommendations, permit assistance, and green infrastructure guidance.

6. What services to you offer municipalities?

We are here to assist Hamilton County’s municipalities. We offer assistance with DEC and APA permit applications, GIS mapping, hydroseeding, sediment and erosion control, road bank stabilization, culvert sizing and installation, flood mitigation, stormwater control, dry hydrant design and installation, and green infrastructure guidance.

7. How do I purchase seed and straw?

Conservation grass seed mix and straw is available for purchase year-round. The seed is specifically formulated for Hamilton County’s hardiness zones. Call the office for current prices, and to arrange pick-up.

8. How do I schedule a presentation for my civic organization or school?

We offer conservation education presentations to people of all ages, from schools to Lake Associations to garden clubs. Topics include the lake monitoring program, stream biomonitoring, outdoor journaling, nature trail interpretative hikes, green infrastructure, aquatic pollution, and invasive species. We work with you to ensure your goals and objectives for the audience are met. Schedule your presentation today.

9. What septic system services to you provide?

Septic dye kits are available at our office. Dye tests expose leaks and septic system problems. Septic system inspections are available. The Conservation District is certified in the Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Network, and offers inspections to home or business owners.

10. When can I explore the Adirondack Ecotrail?

The Adirondack Ecotrail is open year round. Hike, bike, ski, or snowshoe this wooded trail system, and be on the lookout for deer, owls, song birds, turkey, and rabbit. The multi-use trail if 0.9 miles. Park at the District office, and sign in at the welcome kiosk.