North Elba moves forward with invasive species law

Like the Lake Pleasant effort, the North Elba initiative would focus on education through signage and outreach.

North Elba would team up with the Lake Placid Shore Owners Association in the effort, a group that has received $10,000 for the installation of camera at the primary state boat launch on the lake. The camera would only supplement the lake stewards and is not meant to replace them.

Association President Mark Wilson said the $10,000 came through an anonymous donation to the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

Last year, a Lake Placid steward attempted to intercept a boat coated with milfoil, but without enforcement powers, had no jurisdiction to stop the boater when he refused to comply with requests to clean the vehicle.

And Miller said the town needs some power to protect its assets.

"We're trying to protect one of the most important resources we have here. It's not only important recreationally and economically, but it's also our drinking water," Miller said. "We want to do all that we can to protect our watershed."

North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said the law - which has yet to go to public hearing - is a necessary step in maintaining lake health.

"It's just the right thing to do," Politi said.

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