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Boat inspection, decontamination program likely

Lake George Park Commission adopts draft plan

Boats entering Lake George will likely be required to be inspected and decontaminated starting in 2014 in an effort to keep invasive species from the lake.

Boats entering Lake George will likely be required to be inspected and decontaminated starting in 2014 in an effort to keep invasive species from the lake.

— “A great step forward in the long-term protection of Lake George took place at the monthly meeting of the Lake George Park Commission,” Walt Lender of Ticonderoga, executive director of the Lake George Association, said of the draft plan. “This development is a milestone moment in the history of Lake George. It will follow in the history books along with the formation of the Lake George Park, the establishment of the Lake George Park Commission and the founding of the Lake George Association back in 1885.

“If the process stays on track, we will have the program we need to protect Lake George from new invasive species,” he continued. “Of course we will need to continue to fight on the home front to combat the invasive species we already have, but managing what we know will be better than coming under attack by something new.”

The plan is the result of two years of research and more than 50 public meetings.

According to the draft plan, five inspection and decontamination stations will be set up on Lake George — at Mossy Point in Ticonderoga, Rogers Rock Campsite in Hague, Narowal Marina in Bolton, near Exit 21 of the Northway in Lake George and Ridge Road in Queensbsury. There are 103 boat access points on the lake. Private boat launches and marinas will be asked to sign a memorandum of understanding, agreeing to inspect and decontaminate boats.

The five inspection and decontamination stations are expected to cost $61,000 each to establish. Once those stations are in place, the program is expected to cost $677,000 a year to operate.

Cook said it’s still uncertain how the program will be funded. He said the Lake George Park Commission will seek money from the state, which owns the lake. He also noted communities surrounding the lake may be asked to contribute. Increased boat registration fees are also likely to help pay for the program.

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