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Spend funds to eradicate clams, not to buy land

To the Adirondack Journal:

The existence of Asian clams in Lake George is a very serious invasive problem with unimaginable consequences.

I applaud those involved in research, as well as our local government for their rapid response. However, the use of bed tax dollars is only a Band-Aid, and in my opinion, a misuse of that fund.

The state Environmental Protection Fund, which is derived from fishing license sales, marine gas taxes and boat registrations, is designed and appropriated for the protection of our precious water and land resource management. Unfortunately, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is hoarding those funds to purchase more land— which they are unable to care for!

I encourage everyone to contact your local elected political representatives to lobby state DEC officials and encourage them to change their course of direction and take care of the precious land and water that we are so fortunate to already have.

Patrick Mannix

Queensbury

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