What is PLEON?
The Pocono Lake Ecological Observatory Network is a regional lake monitoring program focused on educating the public and lake associations on water quality and lake management.
Empower the public to better understand and manage their fresh waters
Create a community of scientists, students, environmental educators, and landowners to work together in improving the ecological state of Pennsylvania’s lake ecosystems
Complement a traditional lake consultant by providing ongoing monitoring data on lakes and ensuring that land owners fully understand the advantages and limitations of different lake management approaches
Lakes are ecological treasures that form the economic backbone of tourism in the Pocono region. They provide both recreational enjoyment as well as critical habitat for a variety of wildlife, including plants and animals.
Lakes are complex ecosystems, and effective management requires good data as well as an understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of lakes and their surrounding catchments.
Despite their aesthetic, recreational, and environmental importance, we know little about water quality in our Pocono lakes. Neither the state nor regional counties offer regular surveys to provide data essential for good management of these complex ecosystems. Increasing concerns about harmful algal blooms throughout the region make responsible lake management of central importance to the health of these ecosystems and the people, pets, and wildlife that depend on them.
See our featured article in the Lacawac Sanctuary Spring 2017 newsletter here!
PLEON News and Events
Sunday, August 5th
PLEON Workshop: Harmful Algal Blooms
Citizen Science Program
Started Summer 2018
The citizen science volunteer water quality program has begun!
See our Citizen Science page and contact Beth Norman for details
PLEON offers a variety of services to assist Pocono communities in managing their lakes, such as routine monitoring, grant writing support, and workshops.
PLEON was founded by Dr. Craig Williamson, Dr. Janet Fischer, Dr. Elizabeth Rielly and Dr. Sarah Princiotta.
It's important for landowners and lake associations to know the science behind their lakes. Temperature, nutrient content, wildlife, and other factors may influence lake health.
94 Sanctuary Road
Lake Ariel PA 18436
Beth Norman, PhD
Director of Science and Research