Combating the spread of invasive aquatic plants and maintaining high standards of water quality in the headwaters of the Saranac Chain

Eurasian Water Milfoil


The Colby Foundation provides grants and underwrites research.  Grants and contracts for invasive species management are made to other not-for-profit scientific research and organizations with expertise in combating Eurasian Water Milfoil, Variable Leaf Milfoil, Curly Pond Weed and other aquatic invasives. Grant and underwriting recipients include Paul Smith’s Adirondack Watershed Institute and other scientific institutions serving the Adirondacks. 

The Colby Foundation also underwrites the fees needed to support volunteer efforts that test water for pollutants, both inorganic and organic, in cooperation with organizations like the Adirondack Lake Assessment Program and the New York State Federation of Lake Associations.  

The Colby Foundation underwrites the production and distribution of educational materials on water quality and invasive species prevention.  These materials are provided at no cost to lake associations and to users of public boat launch sites. 

The Colby Foundation also offers lectures to interested watershed management groups by organizing expert volunteers and by working in cooperation with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, lake associations, and other watershed management groups fighting invasive aquatic plants.

Colby Foundation funding comes primarily from grants made by public grant-making  organizations dedicated to management of invasive species, such as the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and local municipalities.  Donations are accepted from other charitable organizations and private donors.