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Warren Co. drafting law requiring boat inspection, washing

To eliminate traces of foreign plants and creatures speedboat is pressure washed at high temperature before it is launched. To curb the threat of invasive species including Asian clams, two panels of Warren County Supervisors voted last week to draft a law that would require mandatory inspection — and decontamination if necessary — of boats before they are launched in county lakes and ponds.

To eliminate traces of foreign plants and creatures speedboat is pressure washed at high temperature before it is launched. To curb the threat of invasive species including Asian clams, two panels of Warren County Supervisors voted last week to draft a law that would require mandatory inspection — and decontamination if necessary — of boats before they are launched in county lakes and ponds.

— For nearly a year the Park Commission has been researching a mandatory inspection and boat-washing program that is expected to prevent the claims and other invasive species from traveling from waterway to waterway, as boats moving from one water body to another are believed to be primary way the invasives are spread. Not only do they cling to boat surfaces, but they travel in watercraft bilges, ballast vessels and engine coolant, scientists have discovered.

Effective control of invasive species requires boats to be pressure washed if they are not certified as clean, drained and dry.

Warren County Supervisors have been frustrated at the state’s minimal contribution towards control efforts.

Despite scientific evidence that exists showing that early action in curbing invasives is vital in preserving waterways from substantial ecological harm, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has so far balked on pursuing abatement measures.

On Nov. 30, the county leaders said that drafting the law might force the state to realize that the local officials are serious about protecting the health of the lake and the future of the area’s tourism-based economy

Fred Monroe suggested that Warren County leaders urge their counterparts in Washington and Essex counties to assure that Lake George has comprehensive protection against launching of contaminated boats around the water body’s entire perimeter.

Wick said he was pleased by the vote Nov 30.

“This is an important step forward today for the county,” he said.

Walt lender of the Lake George Association offered similar praise.

“This is a great message to send to Albany,” he said. “This action shows a great deal of resolve on the local level and demonstrates that county supervisors are serious about protecting Warren County’s water bodies, particularly Lake George.”

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