Jun 27, 2013

Collaborative Effort Launched to Combat Aquatic Invasive Species on Lake George

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) were joined by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Bill Owens, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state and local officials and community groups to launch a collaborative effort to combat aquatic invasive species (AIS), which threaten the ecosystems of New York's lakes and waterways that form the backbone of Upstate New York's tourism industry. The event was held on June 7th in the Lake George region to underscore the joint efforts underway just this year, as New York State's $450,000 commitment toward eradication and prevention on Lake George has been augmented by $50,000 from EPA and at least $250,000 from the local entities.

Under the direction of Governor Cuomo, DEC secured $450,000 to fight invasive species specific to Lake George and to support several initiatives this year, including:

  • Expanding the Lake George Association's boat steward program from May to September to provide additional protection during months when boat traffic is relatively high. The season previously ran from June to August.
  • Developing and implementing a more comprehensive outreach program to local and regional boaters who boat on Lake George on how they can reduce the risk of spreading and introducing invasive species.
  • Increasing patrols by DEC Environmental Conservation Officers and LGPC officers trained in aquatic invasive species spread prevention. These officers will work the launches on a regular required basis.

Click here to read the full DEC press release.