Lake George organizations are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo for help fighting Asian clams, saying the invasive species threatens the life blood of the regional economy.
Signers of a letter sent to Cuomo on Thursday represent local governments, environmental groups, businesses and scientists. They didn’t put a dollar figure on the help they’re requesting.
The tiny clams were first found in a Lake George bay in 2010. They have spread quickly despite a $1.5 million effort to smother them with mats.
Asian clams are blamed for ugly algae blooms in Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada, where millions have been spent trying to control their spread. Organizations are trying to prevent the same thing from happening to crystal-clear Lake George.