Mandatory Boat Inspection Program Saving Water Quality
Stopping invasive species from entering Lake George is the most cost-effective way to protect the Class AA-Special water – because once an invasive species is established it is virtually cost-prohibitive to eradicate.
It is with that in mind that for 2020 the Lake George Association has again dedicated $30,000 for the Lake George Park Commission’s Mandatory Boat Inspection Program.
Over the last six years, the LGA has provided $180,000 in funding to the Lake George Park Commission for this critical program.
“We thank the Lake George Park Commission for their work protecting Lake George, and the Governor’s office and our partners for joining with the Lake George Association to pay for this important program to protect Lake George’s water,” said Walt Lender, LGA Executive Director.
“Lake George is fortunate to have a responsible, proactive state agency enforcing laws to protect our water quality,” Lender said. “But boats with invasives are still coming to Lake George. And that is a concern.”
“Just last year, the inspection technicians noted that about 450 boats that arrived at a Lake George launch with visible plant matter or visible invasive species present on the boat.”
“That fact alone requires us to be vigilant at all times, and the Lake George Association is proud to have been a leader in invasive species protection on Lake George since we ran the Lake Steward invasive species education and spread prevention program in 2008 and inspected 2,984 boats for invasive species,” Lender said.
The Park Commission’s Mandatory Boat Inspection Program developed out of the Lake Steward program run by the LGA.
“Our members have been very clear: They want this program to continue, and understand the program is critical to protecting the Lake and ensuring that the water stays as clean as possible,” said Lender.
“The Lake George Association has spent more than a century working on our own and with partners to protect and monitor our water quality to fulfill our mission and our members’ wishes.”
The inspections and decontaminations remain free to boaters in an effort to not discourage visitors from coming to the Lake.
As the organization with the longest history protecting Lake George water, the LGA is also pleased to see the Park Commission’s inspectors continuing to perform vessel sanitary inspections to ensure vessels aren’t able to discharge wastewater into the Lake and contaminate the water.
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The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, water quality 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 goes to projects and programs that benefit the Lake and the watershed, protecting Lake George water quality now and in the future.