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Lake George Association seeks county funding for Asian Clam removal

Walter Lender, Executive Director of the LGA, speaks during an Essex County Committee meeting chaired by Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney.

Walter Lender, Executive Director of the LGA, speaks during an Essex County Committee meeting chaired by Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “It's a very small investment on the part of Essex County to protect the future of Lake George and the local economy,” North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said. “It really is a no-brainer.”

Lender said that he could not give a specific reason for the infestation of Asian Clams in Lake George, but there were several ways they could have been introduced.

“They could have been in ballast tank water or bait wells, or attached to boats,” Lender said. “Someone could have dumped an aquarium into the lake. There is no way to point a finger and know for sure.”

While Lender said he did not know for sure how the clams entered the lake, he was sure how they were going to leave.

“The most effective treatment is laying down large mats at the bottom of the lake that deprives the clams of any food or nourishment,” he said. “It is about a 45-day process and it has been very effective. After this year, we believe that we will just be doing follow-up treatments to deal with a small amount of remaining Asian Clams.”

The motion passed unanimously through the committee, which is chaired by Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney.

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