Lake George stewards report released, fight against invasives ongoing

— Lake George is just one of many Adirondack lakes battling aquatic invasive species. The LGA is an active participant on the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program’s Aquatic Invasive Species Committee. Since New York doesn’t have a coordinated state-wide program like many other states, partners in the Adirondacks have been coordinating amongst themselves for years, to do what they can to protect Adirondack waterways.

“We all try to share resources and help each other out the best we can. We also collaborate with the other lakes that are close by, such as Schroon Lake and Brant Lake, who are also trying to protect their lakes from AIS with lake steward programs,” said Emily DeBolt, the LGA’s director of education and the lake steward program coordinator. “We are all trying to do the most we can with the resources we have available. We know that spread prevention is more effective than management. Once a new AIS gets into a lake, it is extremely costly to manage and eradication is unlikely. Asian clam has recently reminded us all of that here in Lake George. I’d say at this point we literally can’t afford to get another new invasive species in the lake.”

“We’re very proud of our lake stewards. They do a remarkable job protecting Lake George. It’s a very effective program and it plays a critical role in spread prevention, but the stewards can’t see every invasive species,” said Lender. “We’ll have the stewards back out there to start the 2013 boating season. Additional new funding from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lake George Park Commission will help us expand the program. As long as we can find funding, we will continue to provide the program until the LGPC can establish a mandatory program.”

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