Zebra mussels clog water intake pipes and cling in crusty masses to boat docks and buoys. They torture bare feet, drive out tourists, steal food from native mollusks, and disrupt the fragile ecosystem. While newborn zebra mussel larvae have difficulty surviving in Lake George's low-calcium conditions, those in more advanced stages of maturity can enter Lake George aboard boats. These adults could survive and live five to eight years, and over time, these mature mussels could produce offspring that adapt to the lake's low-calcium conditions.
For more info about the lake steward program, or ways you can get involved in helping protect Lake George, contact the LGA at 668-3558 or go online to www.lakegeorgeassociation.org