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Aquatic Invasive Organisms Pose the Principal Hazard to New York’s Lakes, Ponds and Streams
Aquatic invasive species comprise a diversity of plant, animal and algal life that are largely spread by human activity. Most invasive organisms find their way into new water in live-bait wells and on hulls or trailers of boats visiting from infested waters.

Lake George is fighting five species of invasives, the most recent arrivals being Asian clam and spiny waterflea. Since 2009, Lake Placid has been working to control an outbreak of variable-leaf milfoil.

The expense of combating these organisms after they arrive is significant and will grow with each new invasion. The only realistic hope for waterways remains prevention. One of the most effective prevention programs is have a lake steward greet visiting boats at the water’s edge, inspecting the craft and engaging the boaters.

 
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