Assemblyman Dan Stec has not endorsed the mandatory inspection and decontamination program, but he expressed his support for Lake George during a Feb. 6 Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee hearing with DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens.
continued “The health of Lake George should take precedent over land purchases,” he said. “Once Lake George is lost, it’s gone forever.”
Dick Glading of Hague agreed, pointing out Lake George is owned by the state.
“What we don’t need is more state land,” he said. “What we do need is to preserve the property we do have. Stop buying more land and start maintaining the land we do have.”
Engler urged Scozzafava to ask the state for assistance with Lake George.
“The cost of removing invasive species from the lake is a lot more than preventing them,” he said.
Scozzafava promised she would discuss Lake George with DEC officials.
Following Scozzafava’s visit to Ticonderoga, a coalition of Lake George groups issued a statement in support of state action. The coalition wants a mandatory boat inspection and decontamination program in place for Lake George this year.
“We simply cannot afford to allow another invasive in Lake George,” stressed Walt Lender of Ticonderoga, executive director of the Lake George Association. “The steward (boat inspection) program will continue to do all it can, but that program needs to be substantially augmented with other tools to prevent the introduction and spread of invasives—from strategically positioned boat wash stations around the lake to enforcement of laws already on the books. The more we can do now, the more successful we will be in keeping the next round of invasives out of the lake in the coming season.”
The lake coalition includes the LGA, the FUND for Lake George, Lake George Mayor Bob Blais, Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover, Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson and Queensbury Supervisor-at-Large Bill Mason.
“Lake George is a uniquely special resource, so special, in fact, that the State of New York established a dedicated commission to protect it,” Blais said. “For those of us who know and love the lake, and who understand the gravity of the threat at hand, we have no choice but to put our best foot forward and do all we possibly can to implement actions designed to prevent the introduction of more invasive species.”