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Essex County OKs Lake George law

— Essex County enacted an invasive species transport law for Lake George at its regular monthly board of supervisors meeting July 1. The law takes effect immediately. The law applies only to the portion of the Lake George basin that lies within Essex County.

Lake George Association Executive Director Walt Lender of Ticonderoga testified at the public hearing held prior to the meeting Monday.

“We are grateful to the board of supervisors and, in particular, to Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney for your leadership and commitment to this issue,” Lender stated. “Invasive species are a growing threat to all waterways in the county, and particularly Lake George. They are expensive to manage and we simply do not have the capability to control any new introductions, so this law helps prevent their spread between water bodies.”

The Lake George Association manages the Lake Steward program which inspects boats entering and leaving Lake George. Stewards are stationed at Mossy Point boat launch in Ticonderoga, which is the only public boat launch on Lake George in Essex County. Approximately four miles of Lake George is in Essex county.

Warren County’s Chester Town Supervisor and head of the legislative committee for Warren County Fred Monroe championed the passage of a similar law in Warren County and encouraged Essex County to take up the invasive species transport law. Most of Lake George lies within Warren County.

The LGA is a member-supported non-profit organization. Families, businesses, summer residents and donors support the LGA. Founded in 1885, the Lake George Association is the nation’s oldest lake protection organization. For more information the public can call 668-3558 or visit www.lakegeorgeassociation.org

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