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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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Boat Ban to Stop the Spread of Hydrilla - A surface water use restriction which bans the use of boats in Davis Stream is effective immediately and will run through ice formation. Next spring, the departments will jointly consider whether to reissue the restriction. Under the order, no watercraft may enter or travel this reach of Davis Stream except in emergency situations or when the environmental department ad endorsed volunteers are doing survey or removal work related to the hydrilla infestation.


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