The Lake George Association has released preliminary results from the 2011 Lake Steward program. During the summer of 2011, LGA lake stewards were posted at six different boat launches — Norowal Marina, Mossy Point in Ticonderoga, Hague town beach, Rogers Rock in Hague, Dunham’s Bay and Million Dollar Beach.
continued The program grew significantly from its 2010 level, when 2,538 boats were inspected at four launches.
Additional funding provided this year by the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Lake George Park Commission allowed for more coverage during peak periods and at launches that receive the highest traffic.
Additional financial support was provided by the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation. The program was originally conceived by the Invasive Species Task Force of the Lake George Watershed Coalition.
In addition to inspection, lake stewards collected additional data about lake users and invasive species spread.
This information sheds light on the pathways of invasive species, and helps to identify target areas for early detection and control. A full report for the public is being prepared and will be ready later this year.
The program is closely coordinated with similar programs. Lake George, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack Watershed Institute collaborate on training, printed materials, and data collection as members of a regional partnership, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.