Lake George Invaders Watch: Volunteers Monitoring Invasive Plants

Invaders Watch Hunts
Hydrilla Hunt

Aquatic Plant Resources

Aquatic Plants of Lake George

Aquatic Species ID resources

Lake George Invaders
Asian clam
Chinese Mystery Snail
Curly-leaf pondweed
Eurasian watermilfoil
Spiny Water Flea
Zebra mussels


Volunteer to be on the lookout for non-native, invasive species along Lake George’s shorelines, and help us prevent their spread. Early detection of new invasive plant infestations provides the best opportunity for successful eradication, management and control.

Be part of a regional effort coordinated by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP). APIPP is documenting the distribution and abundance of invasive plants throughout the Adirondacks. As a volunteer for this Lake George program, the information you will gather locally will be shared with the larger APIPP program.

Invaders Watch volunteers monitor a section of the Lake George shoreline of their choice and at their convenience. As a volunteer in this program, you will help us detect any new invasions of aquatic invasive species by conducting a survey. You'll monitor your section of shoreline at least once during the summer between mid-July and early-September and report back to us with your results.

What to do:
- Contact us with your name, e-mail, phone, and location of monitoring
- Become familiar with native and nonnative aquatic species. (Click on the links at left for more information.)
- Attend training sessions to sharpen your skills on aquatic species identification. Visit the APIPP website for information about trainings being held throughout the Adirondack Park.

Once you are familiar with some of the aquatic species you may encounter:
- Conduct monitoring on a day when the lake is fairly calm so ripples and small waves do not prevent you from seeing plants below the surface of the water.

- Visit your shoreline or dock area and look into the lake. Look for aquatic plant growth at or below the surface. Check any hard substrates for species attached such as zebra mussels.

- Identify plants and animals you see. Take samples of plants that are invasive or looked suspicious. Include stems, leaves and flowers if present. Wrap the plant in a slightly damp paper towel and place in a sealed plastic bag. Label the bag with location, date, and your contact information. Send in immediately or keep refrigerated until able to send or bring to our office. (Photos also help!)

-Fill out the reporting form and send it in along with any photos you would like to share and any identified or unidentified plant samples.


Learn more about the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program's Volunteer Monitoring here.


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