The long-term threat to Lake George is clear.
"It's hard to overstate the ecologic and economic harm an Asian clam infestation in Lake George could cause. We must focus immediately on an eradication plan and find the resources necessary to put it in place," said Bruce Young, chair, Lake George Park Commission.
Planning and preparation is now under way on an eradication effort of the newest invasive species to infest Lake George. The new Lake George Asian Clam Rapid Response Task Force has formed to organize an eradication effort to begin in the spring of 2011. This Task Force includes a wide variety of organizations and agencies. The Task Force steering committee includes the RPI Darrin Fresh Water Institute, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, FUND for Lake George, Lake Champlain Basin Program, Lake George Association, and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Lake George Park Commission.
"A rapid response is vital to try and eliminate this invasive from Lake George. Controlling this invasive species is an investment in the environment and economy of the greater Lake George area as the Asian clam could accelerate declining water quality conditions in the lake, most notably at the south end. An impressive and vast array of stakeholders have brought money, time and talent to the initial research and planning for launching an eradication effort next spring" said Peter Bauer, executive director of the FUND for Lake George.