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Lake Steward' program to boost efforts

"We aim to keep it that way," she said.

In addition to inspection, lake stewards collect extensive 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, she said. A report for the public is prepared annually.

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.

In 2010, local Lake Stewards inspected 2,538 boats, and educated boaters about the threats of Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, curly-leaf pondweed, and the Lake's most recent invader, the Asian clam. Thirty-six samples of Eurasian watermilfoil were removed during the season. Nine samples of curly-leaf pondweed were found, three samples of zebra mussels, and five of water chestnut, an invasive that is not currently found in Lake George.

The 2010 Lake Steward Program was funded by the Bolton Local Development Corp., the towns of Hague and Ticonderoga, the Lake George Park Commission, the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation, and the state Department of State. The program was conceived by the Invasive Species Task Force of the Lake George Watershed Coalition.

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