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Sportsmen urged to pick up trash

TICONDEROGA The Lake George Association has launched a campaign to urge Lake George winter sports enthusiasts to refrain from leaving trash on the ice. Carry On, Carry Off is the slogan that will be appearing on signs, posters and flyers around Lake George at public access points and in local businesses. According to Emily DeBolt, the LGAs education and outreach coordinator,, the campaign will hopefully strike a chord with the hundreds of ice fishermen, snowmobilers, skaters and others who may travel out onto the ice when the lake eventually freezes. When its cold and the ice is two-feet thick, people sometimes lose sight of the fact that the ice is temporary, said DeBolt. Anything that you leave on the ice will eventually end up in the lake after ice-out. The LGAs Water Quality Committee decided to create the signs to raise awareness that protecting the lakes water quality is a year-round responsibility. The committee has even discussed doing a late-season sweep of some of the more popular areas to pick up trash while the ice is still solid. The Lake George Fishing Alliance is also lending its support to the Carry On, Carry Off campaign. The group has helped to pay for some of the signage, and will be working to identify ideal locations for sign placement. The LGFA has also offered to have flyers printed up to be handed out to participants at ice fishing tournaments. Kiwanis has agreed to hand the flyers out at the tournament that it will be sponsoring on Feb. 23 in Bolton. Executive Director Walt Lender of Ticonderoga pointed out that the LGA had conducted ice clean-ups in the past, particularly around the Lake George Winter Carnival. People should be able to enjoy the lake in the winter as well as in the summer, said Lender. However, polluting the ice is the same as polluting the lake. There is no difference. Signs will be posted at several town beaches. Hague, Putnam and Ticonderoga have already agreed to allow the signs. Lender reported that the LGA expects to hear back from the other towns soon. Were also hoping to hear back from DEC to see if we can put the signs up on their properties, such as Million Dollar Beach and Mossy Point, as well as the state campgrounds at Rogers Rock and Hearthstone, said Lender. The LGA is a not-for-profit membership organization of people interested in working together to protect, conserve, and improve the beauty and quality of the Lake George Basin. For more information, contact the LGA at 668-3558 or check out LGA on the web at www.lakegeorgeassociation.org .

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