Aug 16, 2013

Lake George Officials Not Fooling Around Over Aquatic Invasive Species

On Sunday, August 4th, an inspection station set up at a boat launch at the north end of Lake George became the site of the first tickets issued for  boats carrying aquatic invasive species (AIS) on their trailers. The boats, both participating in a local bass fishing tournament were found to be carrying Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and water chestnut (Trapa natans). While milfoil is already found in the lake, this could have been the first known introduction of water chestnut into the waterbody.

The incident, which took place near Ticonderoga at the Mossy Point boat launch came less than two weeks after the Lake George Park Commission unanimously voted to create a mandatory boat-washing and inspection program for preventing the introduction of AIS into the Adirondack waterbody. The tickets were not, however, related to the new program which has yet to have regulations put in place.

Read more on The Glens Falls Post-Star website:

Fishermen ticketed for allegedly introducing 'invasive species' to Lake George

and on the Albany Times Union website:

Invasives detected, boaters ticketed