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The Lake George Association
May 2013
Lake George Association
There is a lot happening with Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) this month!
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Public Hearing Dates Set for Draft LGPC AIS Prevention Plan

LG AIS Plan cover pageThe Lake George Park Commission released its Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Plan last month, and is holding two upcoming public hearings to receive public comments.

The first hearing will be on Tuesday, May 21 at 2PM at the Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George, and the second will be on Wednesday, June 12 at 6PM at the Best Western in Ticonderoga.

The LGA has been working closely with the LGPC on this plan as it has been under development for over a year now, participating in many public meetings and assisting the process by sharing data and information that the LGA's award winning Lake Steward Program has collected over the last five years. We were very pleased when it was approved unanimously by the LGPC Commissioners at the April 23rd monthly meeting. Preventing the introduction of more AIS into Lake George is vital to protecting the Lake. And while our Lake Steward Program has had many 'saves' over the years  and recently was recognized at the national level for its success, the LGPC has the authority to put stronger protections into place to protect the Lake from new AIS introductions.

We encourage all of our members to take a look at the plan and to attend a public hearing.  If you can't attend a hearing, there is still the opportunity to be involved in the process by submitting written comments. The public comment period is until June 25, 2013.  If you have questions about the plan, please contact the Lake George Park Commission at 518-668-9347. Or you can also call us at the LGA office at 518-668-3558 with questions as well. 

To read a copy of the draft Plan, click here.


Senator Schumer Announces new AIS Legislation

Late last week Senator Charles Schumer announced a plan for  the 2014 budget that would provide federal funds for early detection and rapid response for aquatic invasive species. The legislation would allow states to seek federal funding through the Department of the Interior to help them act quickly once a new threat is identified.  Funding is one of the big problems with battling aquatic invasive species.  Rapid response is key to eradication, but funding such quick action is a problem.  This new program would benefit lakes and waterbodies across the state.
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The LGA appreciates Senator Schumer’s leadership on an early detection and rapid response program for aquatic invasives. Putting money into the front-end of an infestation is much more cost-effective than long-term management once something gets into a waterway. If we had access to a larger pool of funding at the start of the Asian Clam issue, we might have been able to eradicate the population in a shorter amount of time. Instead, the Lake George community has put in over 1.5 million dollars in the past 3 years.

To read the press release with more details about the plan from Senator Schumer, click here.

Click here to listen to LGA's Walt Lender talk about the announcement with Pat Bradley on WAMC.
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Lake Stewards already back out on duty

LGA lake steward at Mossy Point May 4 2013 for web 2LGA's lake stewards are already back out on duty for the season protecting Lake George from new introductions of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

Saturday May 4th was their first day out at launches on the Lake. 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.

Lake stewards will be on duty Thurs-Sun 8-5 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. 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.


Asian Clam Mat Removal Work Underway

mat removal at shepard park beach may 8 2013Work began April 29th removing benthic barriers from the lake bottom.  Almost 7 acres of barriers have been in place all winter, smothering Asian clams at 7 locations around the Lake.

So far mats have been removed from the Diamond Cove, Boon Bay, and Lake George Village sites. After the mats are removed, survey work will be completed to assess the success of the treatment.  To keep up to date with project updates, go to www.stoptheasianclam.info

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