The mandatory boat inspection program launched in Lake George last year has already demonstrated success. In fact, it has done so well in protecting the Lake against invasive species, that a similar program is being launched this summer to protect other bodies of water in the Adirondacks.
The plan will include boater education on invasive species and their effects on waterways, as well as boat inspections and decontamination of boats and trailers entering all Adirondack waters in the program. It also includes purchasing and installing 30 boat decontamination stations throughout the Adirondacks.
Lake George officials reported that out of 20,000 boats more than 1,200 were decontaminated because they showed signs of harboring invasive species. It’s important to keep in mind, every boat counts. Lake George’s precautionary efforts have been marked a huge success when it comes to keeping invasive species at bay.
What are some of the threats associated with invasive species? For one, water quality and clarity are directly threatened. Also, once an invasive species has established itself, the management efforts are both difficult and extremely costly.