For immediate release: January 28, 2014
Today’s unanimous vote by the Lake George Park Commission to implement a mandatory Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program drew strong praise from the S.A.V.E. (Stop Aquatic inVasives from Entering) Lake George Partnership. “With this historic vote, the Commission has upheld its protection mandate in the face of the gathering invasives threat,” declared Lake George Mayor Bob Blais, S.A.V.E.’s chairman.
S.A.V.E. represents public and private leaders—including municipal officials, conservation groups, scientists, and businesses—around Lake George who have committed to paying half the implementation costs of the prevention program over the next two years. “Nothing will deliver better returns for our economy, environment, and communities than shared investment in the future health of Lake George,” said Eric Siy, Executive Director of The FUND for Lake George. “As an investor, S.A.V.E. is committed to ensuring the sustaining success of the prevention program, “ Siy said.
The Park Commission has an aggressive timetable for implementing the prevention program by May 15th and S.A.V.E. has already initiated meetings with the Commission on how it can help. Key to the program, and publicly acknowledged by the Commission in a resolution adopted late last year, is the importance of around the clock coverage at public launch sites to gain critical information on access patterns. S.A.V.E. has called for “night monitors” to perform this vital role and will be working with the Commission on the details of making them integral to a successful program.
“There is no question that Lake George is leading the way in demonstrating what it will take to save our precious waters from aquatic invasives. It will take uncompromising commitment and bold partnerships,” said Bolton Town Supervisor Ron Conover. “We will not get a second chance to get this right and we are truly fortunate to have a Park Commission that is responding to the gravity of the moment,” Conover said.
The mounting threat of aquatic invasive species is gaining statewide attention with a proposed new regulation by the State Department of Environmental Conservation to prohibit the launching of boats (trailered and car top) at any state launch facility that is not “clean and drained” to prevent invasives from spreading. The public comment period on this proposal extends to February 24th. The comprehensive and cooperative actions on Lake George show the scale of commitment now needed for statewide success.
For more information:
Mayor Bob Blais, 518-668-5771
Supervisor Ron Conover, 518-644-2461
Eric Siy, 518-668-9700 cell 518-322-5814