A survey of Lake George is needed to determine the actual threat posed by invasive species. That’s the assessment of Dr. Dean Cook of Ticonderoga, a member of the Lake George Park Commission, in discussing the spiny water flea — one of five invasive species now confirmed in Lake George — during a meeting of the LGPC aquatic invasive species committee in Ti recently.
continued “There are still a lot of questions to be answered,” Wick said. “No decisions have been made. We’re meeting with people and exploring options.”
Invasive species are reaching the lake, Wick said, from boats that have been in other bodies of water and carry the unwanted hitchhikers.
The committee is meeting every two weeks in communities around the lake as it prepares to make recommendations on how to best deal with the problem of invasive species. Wick expects the LGPC to decide on possible regulations this fall and implement them in 2013.
Wick said the LGPC has four options:
— It can do nothing.
— It can ask boaters to participate in voluntary inspections.
— It can require mandatory inspection and decontamination of boats.
— It can rely on self-certification by boaters themselves.