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lga_logo_2006In this ISSUE:
- Project Wet Teacher Training
- Check, Drain, Clean & Dry: a must-read for all boaters and anglers
- Boon Bay to be next major focus for Asian clam treatment
- Summer Splash Gala - not too early for reservations
- Three new Friday trips added to the Floating Classroom July schedule
- Dave Wick to lead Lake George Park Commission
- Save these dates: IROW, LGA Open House, Ft. Ti Conference, LGA Annual Meeting
- Don't forget to contact your legislators to support the new NYS invasives bill

- Students in 4th - 7th grade can still enter the Lake George Bookmark Contest
Project Wet teacher training
ProjectWet2On March 27 at the Ticonderoga Town Hall, third - fifth grade teachers participated in a Project WET workshop, provided by members of the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York (CWICNY).

Participating schools received a “Treasure Chest” filled with $150 worth of teaching materials for their classrooms. Funding for the workshop and Treasure Chests was provided by International Paper.

The Lake Champlain – Lake George Regional Planning Board (LCLGRPB), Lake George Association (LGA) and Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) organized and conducted the Project WET workshop. 
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nationally syndicated program that helps integrate fun, innovative, hand-on activities into existing science and math curriculums. Developed by the Project WET Foundation, the Project WET Activity and Curriculum Guide helps educators illustrate an array of water quality concepts, including the physical and chemical characteristics of water, the connection of water to the Earth systems, how water resources are managed and how water resources exist within social constructs.

Check, Drain, Clean & Dry
2012 Stop Aquatic HitchhikersThe LGA recently published a new flyer for boaters, STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS!, which was included in a recent Lake George Park Commission mailing. 

The flyer shows boaters how to "CHECK, DRAIN, CLEAN & DRY" their boats to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. 

The LGA has been working closely with the Park Commission on strategies to educate boaters and anglers about the threats of invasive species and the steps they must take to prevent their introduction into the Lake.

You can download the 2-sided flyer from the LGA website here.

Boon Bay to be next major focus for Asian clam treatment
BoonBayAsianClamInfestationA new and comprehensive report on the Asian Clam eradication project - on all of 2011 activities, and the plans for 2012 is now available.

The treatment for Boon Bay will be the largest in 2012 of the four infested areas in the Lake.

Here is the current plan for Boon Bay from the Lake George Asian Clam Rapid Response Task Force:

1. Trained scientific divers will conduct a robust survey of the southern and northern ends of the infested area in Boon Bay to ascertain the limits of the infestation.

2. Based on survey results, a crew will install benthic barrier mats. Mats will be installed side by side from one end of the infested area to the other, in a piano-key formation. This treatment may be disruptive to boat and resort owners. To minimize the disruptions, mats will be put into the Lake as soon as feasible in April, to begin the 45-day clock as early as possible. Up to 500-600 mats may be needed.

3. Special mats with ports for measuring dissolved oxygen (DO) will be installed at regular intervals. The Darrin Fresh Water Institute will monitor these ports during the treatment. Maintenance of the mats will occur weekly.

4. If feasible, all mats will be removed by late June.

5. In September, Boon Bay will be re-surveyed and all locations with live clams will be marked for treatment. The task force is planning only “spot” treatments in the fall and not another large treatment.

6. Installation of mats will begin in September. Installation of some mats in near-shore areas where they may disrupt tourism facilities could be delayed until after Columbus Day weekend.

7. Mats will be removed in early December.

Summer Splash Gala - not too early for reservations
GalaCrowd2011We are already receiving reservations for THE EVENT of the summer season - LGA's Summer Splash Gala. 

See a video of all the fun from last year's event here.

Sold out for the past two seasons, the Gala will be held on Friday evening, July 13, at the Inn at Erlowest.

We are also seeking sponsors and auction donations... so if you would like to contribute, please contact LGA's Director of Membership Development, Nancy Cobb-Zoll.

Three new Friday trips for Floating Classroom this July
FloatingClassroomFullBoatfromsideLast summer, the Floating Classroom offered programs for the general public on Wednesday mornings and afternoons.  In addition to these Wednesday programs, this summer the Floating Classroom will welcome passengers on three Fridays: 

- July 6 - Rogers Memorial Park dock, Bolton Landing, 10 am - noon
- July 20 - Hague Town Park dock, 10 am - noon
- July 27 - Rogers Memorial Park dock, Bolton Landing, 10 am - noon

There is a suggested donation. Reservations are required (you can request a reservation online here.)

Dave Wick to lead Lake George Park Commission
DaveWickThe LGA congratulates Dave Wick, current director of the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD), who will become the new director at the Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) later this month. Mike White, the former LGPC director, retired last year.  We know Dave will bring innovation and dedication to his new post!

Dave has worked for the county Conservation District for 18 years.  For the past 10 years, Dave and the WCSWCD have worked closely with the LGA in an active partnership.  The  LGA and the WCSWCD work together on lake saving infrastructure projects, designed to protect the long-term quality of the Lake's water. Together, the LGA and WCSWCD clean out reservoirs, stabilize streambanks, improve roadside drainage, and restore shorelines. See more about our joint work in the June/July 2011 LGA news.

The Lake George Park Commission is a New York State environmental, planning and public safety agency. The LGPC operates a marine safety and law enforcement patrol covering all areas of the lake. They also administer special recreational quality regulations on vessel speed, noise, anchoring and more. They regulate dock, mooring and marina construction and they investigate pollution and operate a pollution hotline. The LGPC also administers a stormwater management program, and is active in the control of invasive species.
Save these dates...

LFL Open House 2012 ImageSat, May 19, Million Dollar Beach
Annual Milford Lester Memorial IROW Race: a benefit for the Lake George Association
Read about last year's event here. Contact Bob Tarrant for more information.

Sat, June 2
2nd Annual Lake-friendly Living OPEN HOUSE & Native Plant Sale
LGA Offices, 10 am - 2 pm, FREE
Meet vendors for native plants, permeable pavement, rain barrels, alternative septic systems and more.
Read more details here.

Wednesdays, July 6 - August 29 (Plus three Fridays... see above)
Two-hour Public Floating Classroom Programs

Lake George Village dock, north of Shepard Park.
10 am & 1 pm. Suggested donation. Reservations required.

Mon - Fri, July 9 - 13
Invasive Species Awareness Week Exhibit

Lake George Visitors Center, Manned display with activities. FREE. 11 am - 3 pm.

Thur, July 12
Plant Paddle (part of Invasive Species Awareness Week)

Dunham's Bay public launch, FREE. 9:30 - 11:30 am. Bring your kayak or canoe and join us for a two-hour exploration of wetland and aquatic plants in the south basin of Lake George.  ($5 parking fee may be charged)

Fri, July 13
Inn at Erlowest, 6:30 pm
A benefit to protect Lake George. The sold-out event of the season. Accepting reservations, auction donations, and sponsorships now.

Sat, July 21
Annual Loon Census on Lake George
8:30 - 9:30 am.  FREE. Help count loons at various locations around Lake George. More information here. Contact LGA to register.

Sat & Sun, August 11 & 12
1st CONFERENCE on Lake George & Lake Champlain Fort Ticonderoga
LGA’s Emily DeBolt will present on Lake-friendly Landscaping; the Floating Classroom will offer two one-hour programs on Sunday. More information here.

Fri, August 17
Lake George Club. Meeting starts at 10 am. FREE.
Lunch is optional.  Cost is $25; reservations required.

Don't forget to contact your state legislators
The NYS senate and assembly have introduced new bills on invasive species.

To help mitigate the devastating environmental and economic impacts of invasive species, this legislation would provide DEC with explicit authority to regulate the sale, purchase, possession, introduction, importation and transport of invasive species and establish penalties for those who violate such regulations.
The LGA strongly supports the passage of this bill (S6826-2011) and the assembly bill (A9422).  Read the LGA's Memorandum of Support here.

Please help Lake George by contacting your state representatives, in both the assembly and the senate, to express your support.  Contact your assembly member here, and your senate member here.

Still time for students to enter Lake George Bookmark Contest - deadline is April 27
2011  bookmarkTo promote the concept of individual lake stewardship, and the importance it plays in our overall goal of protecting water quality, the Public Participation & Education Committee of the Lake George Watershed Coalition (LGWC) and the Lake George Association seek original student artwork for an annual Lake George Bookmark Design Contest. Entries are accepted each spring from students in grades 4 - 7, attending schools in the Lake George watershed.

Each year, the winning entry is printed on a bookmark along with the student’s name and school. The bookmarks are professionally printed and widely distributed to area schools, libraries, and other locations. The student is also recognized at a ceremony at the home school. In addition, a news release announcing the winner is distributed.

Last year's winning design, by Kenzie Tennent of Bolton Central School is pictured here.

Download the application here.
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  a membership to the LGA.
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