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Lake George stewards report released, fight against invasives ongoing

— The Lake George Association has released a report with findings from the 2012 Lake Steward Program.

Both the full report and an abridged ‘key findings’ version are available for download from the LGA website: www.lakegeorgeassociation.org.

Since 2008, the LGA’s lake stewards have inspected almost 25,000 boats at high traffic launches around the lake, removed over 400 aquatic invasive species samples from boats,and have educated around 60,000 boaters about invasive species spread prevention.

The LGA’s 2012 report summarizes the data collected last year, and includes the number of boats inspected, the total number of animal and plant samples removed, the identity and quantity of invasive species found, and the most recent waterbody boats visited within two weeks prior to launching in Lake George. The data gathered helps define how invasive species are spread, and the pathways that exist between other regional waterways and Lake George. The program seeks to protect the Lake from the introduction and spread of invasive species that could negatively alter the Lake’s ecosystem, shoreline property values, and the region’s tourism-driven economy.

“Data collected by our lake stewards has been instrumental in moving Lake George forward with aquatic invasive species spread prevention efforts,” said Walt Lender of Ticonderoga, executive director of the LGA. “We are pleased that we can provide the lake steward program data for the Lake George community that clearly demonstrates the threat to the lake from the spread of AIS on trailered boats. We don’t have to just rely on scholarly articles or findings from other lakes and states. We have five years of data from our own Lake that shows the constant pressure of AIS knocking on our door year after year. We have the data we need; now we need a solid plan that gets serious about AIS spread prevention.”

In 2012, Lake Stewards were posted at five launches around Lake George — Dunham’s Bay, Hague town launch, Mossy Point, Norowal Marina and Rogers Rock. Stewards inspected 6,972 boats and interacted with 17,954 boaters.

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