ALBANY - Citing the recent discovery of the invasive spiny water flea in Lake George and the Champlain Canal, the Adirondack Council is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to establish boat-washing and inspection stations at all state boat launches in the Adirondack Park.
"It is only a matter of time before it is discovered in other waters," council Executive Director Brian Houseal said in a press release Thursday. "Because most of our state boat launches are wide open, with no one present to warn recreational boaters about the dangers of transporting invasive plants and animals from one lake to another, every lake and river in the Adirondack Park is vulnerable to invasion.
"We need an aggressive public education campaign aimed at boaters and anglers and we need additional state personnel staffing the launches to inspect boats and trailers and advise boaters."
Houseal said his group is willing to work with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Agency and other interested parties to develop a plan to better protect Adirondack waters that can be implemented before the end of this boating season.