Essex County enacted an invasive species transport law for
Lake George at its regular monthly board of supervisors meeting on Monday July
1, 2013. 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,
testified at the public hearing held prior to the Board of Supervisor’s meeting
Monday morning. “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,” Lender added.
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, which is the only public boat launch on Lake George in Essex
County. Approximately 4 miles of Lake
George is in Essex county.
Warren County’s Chester Town Supervisor and head of the
legislative committee for Warren County, Fred Montroe, 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.
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