Cleaned, drained and dry is the standard way to protect lakes like Lake George from the inadvertent introduction and transmission of invasive species. For Lake George, there is a specific website, http://lgboatinspections.com, where you can get information on the Lake George Park Commission’s mandatory boat inspection program, which was a regulatory outgrowth of the Lake George Association’s Lake Steward Program.
Here are some tips on ways to meet the Cleaned, Drained, Dry standard of protection.
- CLEAN: After boating, before you leave the launch: Remove all visible plants, animals, fish, and mud from your boat, trailer, or other equipment and dispose of in a suitable trash container, AIS disposal station or on dry land. Don’t transport any potential hitchhiker even back to your home. Remove and leave them at the site you visited.
- DRAIN: After boating, before you leave the launch: Drain water from bilge, live wells, ballast tanks, and any other components containing water at a distance from the waterbody and in such a manner to avoid contact of the drainage with the public waterbody. For personal watercraft only, run the motor out of water for five seconds, unless advised differently by the manufacturer, and at a distance from the waterbody and in such a manner to avoid contact of the drainage with the public waterbody.
- DRY: Before you arrive at the launch to go boating: Dry your boat, trailer, and all equipment completely. Drying times vary depending on the weather and the type of material. If possible, leave it out in the sun to dry. At least five days of drying time is generally recommended during the summer.
If you want to use your boat sooner than five days, have your boat decontaminated using high pressure (2500psi) hot water (140F) at a location that does not drain into a waterbody. If hot water is not available at the launch site or other reasonably accessible location prior to launching, thoroughly rinse the boat hull and flush water- holding compartments with the warmest water available at a location that does not drain into a waterbody.