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LOOKING AT THE MIRROR: Watershed association overhauls website

November 30, 2018
By JESSICA WIMETT , Mirror Lake Watershed Association

In an effort to make the work that we do more accessible and available to the community, the Mirror Lake Watershed Association has recently overhauled our website; making it more user-friendly and comprehensive.

The idea behind the newly renovated website is to break the site up into the definitive information, projects and topics that define the MLWA, while giving the user the availability to learn how to get involved in our organization. In this month's issue of Looking at the Mirror, we wanted to unveil these updates and urge you, the citizens of our community, to take a look!

In creating the new website, we wanted to ensure that it conveyed as much information as possible in a clearly organized, user-friendly interface. The blueprint for www.mirrorlake.net offers a page layout of the website's content; including the elements of our organization, which are primarily located within the header of the main page and provides the opportunity to use the drop-down item navigation to go deeper into each topic.

Included in this header of MLWA topics is the "About Us" drop-down - which gives a thorough detailing of our mission statement, history, members, partners and projects. Of note in this tab is a reminder of our monthly meetings, which are open to the public and occur on the second Monday of each month at 4 p.m. at the public Beach House. A big part of our organization functions off of the collaboration of community members, and we encourage folks to come and offer their suggestions and support to the mission of caring for the health of Mirror Lake.

Other notable features of the updated site are the drop-downs for the various ongoing projects that the MLWA have been working on. Included in these tabs are the descriptions of our road salt reduction initiative, our invasive plant management efforts and our water quality reporting. Within each drop-down is a wide offering of descriptive articles, reports and hyperlinks to gain a full picture of the scope of each project.

Another menu option to note is the Annual Report drop-down, which provides annual reports on the health of Mirror Lake, beginning in 2005. Each report features articles from our members and collaborators from organizations including the Ausable River Association, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Shore Owners' Association of Lake Placid. It also gives reports from New York state agencies such as the Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation. Reading through each year's report can give the reader a clear view of our mission statements and goals, as well as the corresponding projects in progress to address each goal. This year's Annual Report, as well as our annual fundraiser, are now ready to be shared with the public, and we will be putting them on the website presently.

We encourage community members to drop by our website and have a look around. It's a concise way to gain a full picture of the health of our treasured Mirror Lake and an outlook on the challenges facing its ecological homeostasis. There is a myriad of data, photographs, articles, hyperlinks and articles to support the education of our community, and to empower us all to get involved in ensuring the wellness of this waterway. As homeowners, retail store owners, tourists, and town and village departments, we offer suggestions on ways to reduce common infractions that have dire impacts on Mirror Lake.

We hope that you, our community, enjoys this updated website as much as we enjoyed putting it together, and we ask that you don't stop there. Please consider signing up for our email list, joining us for our monthly meetings, or becoming a volunteer or a donor.

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To become involved in the Mirror Lake Watershed Association, visit www.mirrorlake.net.

 
 

 

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