FUND Underwrites Training of Inspectors for Lake George Invasive Species Prevention Program

For Immediate Release:    April 24, 2014
For more information:     Jessica Rubin 518.668.9700 x302
                                        Eric Siy 518.322.5814 or 518.668.9700 x304
LAKE GEORGE, NY—The FUND for Lake George is providing a grant of $10,000 to the Lake George Park Commission for training approximately 50 boat inspection technicians. The four-day training commences on Monday, April 28th, and includes a comprehensive curriculum covering all aspects of inspection and decontamination of trailered boats. Inspection and decontamination is central to the Park Commission’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Program set to begin on May 15th.   
Conducting the training program are D and Michael Davis whose combined experience is extensive and has included training of inspectors across the western United States and in Canada. This includes the inspector training at Lake Tahoe that has an AIS prevention program widely hailed for its success in keeping new invasives from entering the lake. In the words of Ted Thayer, Implementation Coordinator for the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program, “D Davis is the person who we rely on for what is known as level 2 training (training the trainers) and she certainly would be the best to have aboard.” 
“We are proud to be supporting this critical component of the AIS Prevention Program on Lake George,” said FUND Executive Director Eric Siy. “Effective training of inspectors will translate into effective protection from new invasives that so seriously threaten our waters,” Siy said. “As we’ve learned from those invasive species that have gotten in to Lake George—at great financial and ecological cost—the only real protection from invasives is prevention.” 
“The invasive species prevention effort has been a state and local partnership from the beginning,” explains LGPC Executive Director Dave Wick.  “The Commission thanks The Fund for providing the additional financial resources enabling a top notch training program for our inspectors.”
For nearly a decade, The FUND for Lake George has been a major underwriter of programs to treat existing invasive species, including Eurasian watermilfoil and Asian clams. Combined expenditures by The FUND total more than $1 million.
The FUND is also a founding member of the S.A.V.E. (Stop Aquatic inVasives from Entering) Lake George Partnership whose diverse membership includes municipal officials, scientists, and conservation groups. To ensure implementation of the AIS Prevention Program at the earliest possible date, S.A.V.E. members committed to paying half the cost, over $350,000 in 2014. New York State is paying the other half. In addition to underwriting the training program and related expenses, The FUND has committed to paying $50,000 toward S.A.V.E.’s matching support. 
The FUND for Lake George is a privately funded not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Lake George. Formed in 1980, The FUND applies a science-based approach to protection focused on Lake George water quality and the overall health of the Lake George watershed. The FUND pursues this mission through support of long-term scientific research, direct advocacy, and strategic partnerships with diverse public and private interests. The FUND recently adopted its Legacy Strategy that embraces environmental and economic imperatives as now required to protect Lake George for the next generation. The FUND sponsors the Lake George Waterkeeper among other programs on Lake George. The FUND for Lake George is managed by a Board of Trustees and maintains an office in Lake George. For more on the FUND’s work, visit

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