The watershed coordinator works for the Executive Director. The watershed coordinator serves as a resource for Indian River Lake associations, IRLC Lake Leader Summit meetings, IRLC Land Stewardship Committee, and Project WHIRL (Protectors of Water and Habitat on the Indian River Lakes) high school program to enable effective lake community outreach and provide expert advice on all water quality and invasive species initiatives. The watershed coordinator also oversees Project WHIRL curriculum development, and the effective implantation of lake management and conservation management plans as well as identifying opportunities for IRLC to support the St. Lawrence River Watershed Revitalization Plan.
– WHIRL Program Development – Work with Partner Organizations to develop a cohesive program that educates high school students and engages them in projects on the lakes, involving IRLC volunteers and lake associations to enable cross generational environmental education, and participatory “ownership” of the projects
– Hold monthly program development meetings with partners (September through June) to develop the following summer’s program
– Identify, engage, and recruit new partners that will enhance the WHIRL experience for the high school mentees (students)
– Coordinate and develop WHIRL Mentor (Intern) work plans using available resource options to include university student interns, and/or IRLC interns
– Develop Project WHIRL into a year long program “environmental club sport” (Club WHIRL) that continues to engage students throughout the year
– Work in partnership with IRLC Program Coordinator in developing WHIRL marketing and communications products
– Develop Teacher Workshops in coordination with IRLC education and WHIRL committees that will enable teachers to inspire interest in utilizing IRLC lands, wetlands and facilities to enhance “learning in nature” opportunities for their students
Lake Association Outreach
– Serve as IRLC’s subject matter expert on all water quality and invasive species related matters
– Plan, coordinate and run the quarterly Lake Leaders Summit to improve communication flow between IRLC and the lake associations
– Conduct Lake association outreach quarterly to keep lake associations informed regarding IRLC initiatives, answer lake association questions concerning water quality, invasive species, and conservation practices and listen to Lake Association concerns
– Conduct education/outreach to Lake Associations regarding the importance of CSLAP program and implement where needed
– Conduct “shorescaping” and “vegetative buffers” education, outreach and implementation
– Conduct septic education outreach and coordinate septic assessments
– Conduct Education/Outreach with Watershed Stakeholders in Phase I of the future Indian River Watershed Management Plan or future Nine Element Plan Implementation
– Advise lake associations on best practices for improving water quality and preventing, containing, and eliminating invasive species
– Develop Invasive Species Strike Force based on identified invasive species during lake association engagements, focusing initially on Eurasian Water Milfoil
– Develop Hazardous Algal Bloom Strike Force
– Work with lake association leaders in identifying opportunities to implement lake management plan using lake associations, IRLC volunteers, and project WHIRL.
– Conduct weekly paddles (one lake per week over 8 week summer) with lake association members to conduct assessments, discuss challenges and opportunities, and listen to lake association questions and concerns
– Conduct annual orientation boat rides on each lake with lake association members to assess and monitor challenges and projects
– Develop a “rock mail delivery network” to deliver “rock mail” with IRLC/lake association members to distribute IRLC information to each dock owning lake resident
IRLC Land and Watershed Management
– Develop and implement Boyd Pond Restoration Initiative and integrate into Project WHIRL curriculum, to include university partnership involvement such as SUNY ESF Restoration Science Center or Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute.
– Present at Conferences (NYSFOLA/NALMS/Finger Lakes Research Institute, SLELO Prism, LTA, etc.) regarding Boyd Pond Restoration Initiative findings / success.
– Identify areas where IRLC can directly support the implementation of the St. Lawrence River Watershed Management Plan through citizen science opportunities and/or Project WHIRL involvement by collecting water quality data and conducting analysis on unassessed lakes and river areas to support the goal of inventorying current condition and trends in water quality, identifying key problems and future goals, and developing recommendations for actions to ensure a sustainable future
– Conduct Baseline Studies and Conservation Management Plans for newly acquired IRLC parcels
– Implement Conservation Management Plans using Project WHIRL and IRLC Volunteers
– Train and lead volunteer teams on trail stewardship activities
– Train and lead volunteer teams in conducting annual boundary monitoring
– Identify locations/opportunities to develop interpretive signage for IRLC properties
– Assist land stewardship committee in prioritizing and implementing conservation management plans
– Develop a plan and implement all post-acquisition monitoring and stewardship activity requirements on any newly obtained parcels
Water Quality Conference
– Identify and recruit presenters that are meaningful and relevant to the Indian River Watershed’s (and lakes) challenges and opportunities.
– Present at the annual conference providing attendees an update on IRLC’s water quality and invasive species initiatives and education programs (WHIRL and Kids Camp).
Children’s Nature Camps and Family Programs
– Advise education committee on aspects of children’s curriculum involving water quality, invasive species management, habitat/land protection, and aquatic resources education to ensure the children’s education program is alighted with Project WHIRL for future recruitment.