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Lake George will require mandatory boat inspections

By Stephen Williams
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lake George will become the first major lake in the eastern United States to require mandatory boat inspections to keep waterborne invasive species out of the lake.

The Lake George Park Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to make boats arriving by trailer from other water bodies subject to mandatory inspections, and to decontamination washings if needed.

A copy of the draft regulation is available below.

Lake George would become the first lake east of Minnesota to have mandatory boat inspections. There are several recreational lakes in the West, including Lake Tahoe, that use them because of invasive species concerns.

Officials here want to keep out the quagga mussel, hydrilla plant and other disruptive species that haven’t reached Lake George but are found elsewhere in the Northeast.

A full story on the regulations is available HERE.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation, which operates three public boat launches on the lake, had previously expressed concern about how a mandatory inspection system would work. But on Tuesday, DEC Region 5 Director Robert Stegemann — acting as the agency’s representative on the commission — voted in favor of it.

He said the department wants to move the process forward to rule-making and public comment, while the environmental impact study on invasive species prevention continues.

Follow @poozer87 on Twitter for all your invasive species news.

Lake George Park Commission Draft Rule

 

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