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.
continued Since 2008, the LGA’s lake stewards have inspected almost 25,000 boats at high traffic launches around the lake, removed over 400 AIS samples from boats, and have educated around 60,000 boaters about invasive species spread prevention. Last season in 2012, the lake stewards inspected almost 7,000 boats, educating around 18,000 boaters about AIS and spread prevention and removing 131 samples of invasive species from boats. For the past few years the LGA has been coordinating its program with other regional programs on Lake Champlain and in the Adirondacks and is also currently part of an advisory team developing a Lake Steward Manual for the State. The data collected by the lake stewards on Lake George has been instrumental as the LGPC has been working over the past year to prepare a Lake George AIS Prevention Plan, of which a draft has recently been released and is available for public comment.
“The LGA has been working hard to protect Lake George from AIS for many years now, and we are glad that the success of our program and the data collected by it is now helping the issue finally get the attention it deserves ,” said Walt Lender of Ticonderoga, executive director of the Lake George Association. “We need to stop new invasions before they start. That is the only way we are going to be effective at protecting the lake.”