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Chester to buy boat washing station, boost inspection of watercraft

Lake George Park Commission boat wash attendant Doug Underhill power-washes a boat to remove invasive species prior to being launched into Lake George. With their sights set on reducing the spread of invasives, the town of Chester board voted Tuesday March 14 to purchase a wash station to be located at Loon Lake to decontaminate boats before they are launched.

Lake George Park Commission boat wash attendant Doug Underhill power-washes a boat to remove invasive species prior to being launched into Lake George. With their sights set on reducing the spread of invasives, the town of Chester board voted Tuesday March 14 to purchase a wash station to be located at Loon Lake to decontaminate boats before they are launched.

— The cost of applying Renovate had been budgeted at $85,000 but will likely reach $95,000 due to the extra costs of permitting and a series of follow-up tests required by the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency.

The lake measures 584 acres, and 15 acres in the southern basin are being treated, Monroe said. Elsewhere in the lake, milfoil is under control after an effective effort to remove it has been implemented, he said.

Hand harvesting and installing mats on the lakebottom have curbed milfoil’s spread, he said, noting the goal was to reduce ongoing milfoil control expenses from nearly $60,000 annually to about $30,000.

“Milfoil in Loon Lake has now been reduced to manageable levels,” Monroe said. “I’m very pleased our board has recognized the seriousness of the threat of aquatic invasives, and was willing to take aggressive action to protect our water bodies.”

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