The Lake George Association has been awarded an Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program for the 2019 season.
The $5,300 grant will be used to continue the Lake George Association’s invasive species public education and outreach programs, focusing on:
- Personal interactions with visitors and boaters throughout the season at various locations and events, and
- Education about and interception of aquatic invasive species at car-top boat launch on Lake George.
The grant joins the tens of thousands of dollars that the Lake George Association will commit in 2019 to removing invasive Eurasian watermilfoil, surveying the entire Lake shore for new areas of invasive species, and for supporting our Asian Clam Citizen Science Day as well as the Lake George Park Commission’s Mandatory Boat Inspection Program.
“All of the money we invest in the Lake itself to fight the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species comes from our members, our friends, and our financial partners who also have an interest in protecting Lake George’s water quality from harm,” said LGA Executive Director Walt Lender.
The Lake Champlain Basin Program has been an important LGA partner for decades as we work each day to monitor the Lake’s water quality, perform projects to protect the Lake from pollution and stormwater runoff, and educate residents and visitors how their actions directly affect the Lake.
“We thank the Lake Champlain Basin Program for having the confidence in the LGA to support our outreach program with this grant,” said Kristen Wilde, LGA Director of Education. “It also shows that as important as it is for the LGA to protect the Lake George watershed, it is just as important to the Lake Champlain Basin Program because it is a significant part of the much larger Lake Champlain watershed.”
The LGA AIS Outreach Program will be supplemented in summer 2019 with one seasonal staff member who will assist Wilde and LGA Educator Lindsey Kenna in expanding individual and community awareness about the dangers both of spreading the six invasive species already in Lake George to other Lakes as well as the introduction of new species into the Lake.
The six invasive species are: Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), curly-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus), zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha), Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea), spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus), and Chinese mystery snail (Cipangopaludina chinensis malleata).
The summer staff member will also support the LGA’s message of in-Lake protection. One of the important transport vectors for invasive species in Lake George, according to a LGA scientific study, is through sediment on boat anchors and lines. We remind boaters that by rinsing their anchors of sediment before they leave an area, they will dramatically lessen the chance of moving an invasive species like Asian clams from one location to another.
The Lake George Association is among the oldest and most experienced lake protection organizations in the country, whose members support water quality protection, scientific monitoring, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.
All the money raised by the Lake George Association stays in the Lake George watershed, and is used to support and fund projects and programs that protect Lake George water quality now and in the future.