LGA Volunteers Monitor Invasive Species

With a mission to protect Lake George water, the Lake George Association focuses a significant amount of time and financial investment in monitoring Lake George for invasive plants and animals, and protecting the Lake from their spread into our water and watershed. Early detection of new invasive plant infestations provides the best opportunity for successful eradication, management and control.

LGA Education Director Kristen Wilde checks for invasive species.
One of the responsibilities of Invaders Watch volunteers is determining which plants are invasive and what plants are native.

As part of a regional effort coordinated by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, the LGA regularly seeks volunteers to watch out for non-native, invasive species along the Lake’s shores.

When established, like Eurasian watermilfoil, invasive species become expensive to deal with so they don’t diminish our Lake’s water quality. Our goal is to prevent the introduction and spread of invasives.

Invaders Watch volunteers monitor a section of the Lake George shoreline of their choice and at their convenience (download the LGA Invaders Watch form here). As a volunteer in this program, you will help us detect any new invasions of aquatic invasive species by conducting a survey. You can volunteer for the Invaders Watch program here.

You’ll monitor your section of shoreline between mid-July and early-September (at least once!) and report back to us with your results. As a volunteer for this Lake George program, the information you will gather locally will be shared with the larger APIPP program.

What to do:

  • Click here to contact us with your name, e-mail, phone, and location of where you’d like to monitor. We’ll get back to you to ensure no one else is monitoring at that location.
  • Become familiar with native and nonnative aquatic species.
  • Attend training sessions to sharpen your skills on aquatic species identification. Visit the APIPP website for information about training sessions being held throughout the Adirondack Park.

Aquatic Plant Resources

Lake George Invaders

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.

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