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Green groups lobby state for mandatory boat inspection on Lake George

In an attempt to smother Asian clams which have invaded Lake George’s Shepard Park Beach, mats have been laid down on the  popular swimming venue to smother the sharp-edged creatures. With the mats to be in place  through April,  events of the Lake George Winter Carnival have been relocated.

In an attempt to smother Asian clams which have invaded Lake George’s Shepard Park Beach, mats have been laid down on the popular swimming venue to smother the sharp-edged creatures. With the mats to be in place through April, events of the Lake George Winter Carnival have been relocated. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Diane Fish of the Adirondack Council voiced such a warning this week, noting that hydrilla now infects the Finger Lakes and quagga mussels have spread throughout the Great Lakes and many other waterbodies in the state.

“Introduction of either of these species to Lake George would be devastating to the lake,” she said. “We need a comprehensive boat management program to protect Lake George, which is one of the busiest lakes in the Adirondacks.”

David Gibson of Adirondack Wild said such a program is essential to lake health because the invasive species are primarily spread by boats launched on one waterway after another. He cited that more than 15,000 boats use Lake George each year and over 5,000 transitory boats annually purchase temporary permits.

“A comprehensive control program would dramatically reduce the risk of further detrimental infestations on Lake George.”

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