To the editor:
Thank you for your interest in invasive species in the Adirondacks and for working to get the word out on this important issue. Mr. Knight accurately projects the current status of Asian clam in Lake George in his recent article, "Clam-ity," which appeared in the Oct. 20 issue of Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
The Lake George Asian clam response has had the benefit of using the science and techniques for Asian clam management developed by the Lake Tahoe program, which is on the cutting edge of this issue. I stated that the Asian clam infestation in Lake Tahoe was not addressed for two years as their clam population grew. This was not accurate, and I'd like to correct my misstatement. When Asian clams were discovered in Lake Tahoe, there were no non-chemical methods available at that time, and they were diligently studying the outbreak and testing solutions to treat their Asian clam population during those two years. Lake Tahoe has been a leader in developing these technologies, and it was Lake Tahoe scientists and agencies who, through their research, discovered that using rubber barrier mats to smother the Asian clam population was an effective control method. Lake Tahoe is further refining this technology to tackle the challenges that they face with the large Asian clam population there.
In addition, I have been informed that the $20 million impact to Tahoe that was published in the article was not for Asian clams alone but the estimated total impact from all aquatic invasive species, both present in and threatening the Tahoe region.
Again, thank you for your excellent work on bringing public awareness to a significant issue we are all facing in the Adirondacks and beyond.
Dave Wick, CPESC
Lake George Park Commission