The Lake George Park Commission’s Mandatory Boat Inspection Program has completed another successful season, and the Lake George Association is proud to both financially support the inspections as a partner as well as assist in the identification of the biological samples that were removed during the inspection process.
The LGA each year invests $30,000 from our members and from grants to help pay for the inspection program. The staff time dedicated to the species identification is the LGA’s contribution of practical science to the project.
The Park Commission’s boat inspection report can be found on this page: https://lgpc.ny.gov/invasive-species-prevention
“The Lake George Association’s dedication to protecting Lake George’s water quality was put into practice more than a decade ago when we began a large-scale Lake Steward program to check boats for invasive species,” said Walt Lender, the LGA’s Executive Director. “That program developed into the Park Commission’s current Mandatory Boat Inspection program. (See details on the Lake George Association’s Lake Steward program here.)
“The LGA and its members are proud that our voluntary boat inspection program and outreach to boaters about the dangers of spreading or introducing invasive species into the lake paved the way for the program we have now protecting Lake George,” Lender said. “Because boaters can come from a variety of water bodies with active or emergent invasive species, this kind of prevention program is really the only way to minimize the risk to Lake George.”
“We are proud to be leaders in actions to stop the spread of invasive species,” Lender said.
Additionally, the LGA was able to secure more than $27,000 in funding in 2018 from a New York State Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program Grant to support the staffing at the boat launches in the Town of Putnam and the Town of Hague.
“The grant to support the staffing at the Hague and Putnam boat launches grew out of a defined need, and the Lake George Association was happy to seek out a grant to fill that need,” said Kristen Wilde, Director of Education, who successfully applied for the state grant.
“It supports our mission of protection of the Lake’s water quality and educating residents and visitors on how to protect it,” Wilde added.
For the 2019 season, the Lake George Association will be supporting the staffing again at those two launches directly and has committed another $30,000 to help pay for the Mandatory Boat Inspection Program.
Additionally, the LGA has offered to continue identifying the samples removed from boats that are inspected at the Park Commission’s six inspection locations:
- Million Dollar Beach in the Town of Lake George
- Norowal Marina in the Town of Bolton
- Mossy Point Boat Launch in the Town of Ticonderoga
- Rogers Rock Campground in the Town of Hague
- Dunham’s Bay Marina in the Town of Queensbury, and
- Huletts Landing Marina in the Town of Dresden.
The LGA also supports the Park Commission’s plan to provide a full round of training to all inspectors before the season begins. “The new round of training will help to refresh the inspectors’ skills and knowledge about invasives, and will help to ensure the quality and the uniformity of inspections and decontaminations,” Wilde said.
The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization 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.