Public hearing to address milfoil, boat launch

LAKE PLACID - Following numerous requests for action, the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees has agreed to host a public forum to discuss the recent milfoil invasion in Paradox Bay and to address the future of the village-owned boat launch on Victor Herbert Road.

At last week's board meeting, Lake Placid Shore Owners Association President Mark Wilson expressed frustration with the board.

"This is the fifth time that I've appeared before you in the four months since we discovered milfoil on Lake Placid," he said.

"I've reported to you on all aspects of the clean up, and at various times thrown out proposals for how we can protect Lake Placid - specifically the waters in Paradox Bay, going forward," Wilson said.

Four months ago, variable leaf milfoil was discovered in Paradox Bay. The Shore Owners Association launched a clean up effort, successfully ridding the waters of the invasive plant.

But Wilson says that's not enough. Milfoil - or any host of other invasive species - could easily return to Lake Placid without adequate monitoring.

That, Wilson says, would be disastrous. The lake is a popular recreational destination in the Adirondacks, and is also the source of the village's drinking water.

The Shore Owners have proposed a variety of solutions to protect Paradox Bay, including the establishment of a stewardship program to inspect boats as they enter and leave Lake Placid.

Wilson also suggests gating the launch during time frames when a monitor can't be present.

Another option is allowing only car-top carried boats - canoes, kayaks and small row boats. That option would require boats transported by trailer to be launched at the state Department of Environmental Conservation site off Mirror Lake Drive.

"This would obviate any need for a monitor since the vast bulk of invasive species are carried either on the trailers or in boats that are carried on trailers," Wilson said. "That proposal would concentrate all of the trailer launch activity to where we have a monitor on staff."

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