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Lake stewards back at work to combat invasives in Lake George

A Lake Steward talks to a boat owner about invasive species prior to launching in Lake George. On duty Thursday through Sunday 8 a.mn. to 5 p.m. at three popular launch sites, Lake George Association's Lake stewards are already back out for the season — at the Mossy Point Boat Launch in Ticonderoga, Norowal Marina in Bolton Landing, and the Million Dollar Beach Boat Launch. Hours and locations of coverage are to increase starting Memorial Day Weekend.

A Lake Steward talks to a boat owner about invasive species prior to launching in Lake George. On duty Thursday through Sunday 8 a.mn. to 5 p.m. at three popular launch sites, Lake George Association's Lake stewards are already back out for the season — at the Mossy Point Boat Launch in Ticonderoga, Norowal Marina in Bolton Landing, and the Million Dollar Beach Boat Launch. Hours and locations of coverage are to increase starting Memorial Day Weekend.

— The Lake George Association’s lake steward program is back in place.

The program seeks to protect the lake from the introduction and spread of invasive species that could negatively alter the lake’s ecosystem, shoreline property values, and the region’s tourism-driven economy.

Lake stewards will be on duty Thursday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mossy Point Boat Launch in Ticonderoga, Norowal Marina in Bolton Landing, and the Million Dollar Beach Boat Launch in Lake George during the beginning of May. Hours and locations of coverage will increase starting Memorial Day weekend.

In years past, the lake stewards have not started at the launches until Memorial Day weekend. However, this year with an additional $20,000 being provided through the Lake George Park Commission from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, the program is starting earlier than it has in years past and will be collecting valuable data throughout the month of May.

Additional stewards will be starting Memorial Day weekend as usual, increasing the hours of coverage of the program and launches with lake steward coverage for the main summer boating season.

“We are working to coordinate our lake stewards with increased efforts by the Lake George Park Commission this season as well,” said Kristen Rohne, the LGA’s education coordinator, who will be in charge of the program this year. “In addition to increasing hours and coverage of the program, we are working to increase coordination with the LGPC Marine Patrol and boat wash attendants. It is going to be a very busy - and exciting – season. There is a larger public-private effort underway as well as an outreach campaign – so there is a lot going on this year. The goal of it all is to increase the protection for the Lake and stop the introduction of new AIS.”

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