Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Caught in the act: Aquatic invasives hitchhiking on boats

2014 was the first year that Lake George instituted a mandatory boat inspection program and evaluated over 22,000 boats between May and December.   During those seven months, inspectors found 165 cases of non-native species tagging along.  In addition to finding boats contaminated with Eurasian milfoil, zebra mussels, and curly leaf pondweed, species which are already present in Lake George, there were two instances of unidentified snails and eight instances of water chestnut discovered neither of which are present in Lake George.  

To read more about the program read Checks detected invasive species