Lake George losing ground to invasive clams
Posted at: 09/24/2012 9:15 AM
By: Associated Press
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) - An invasive species of clams that has bedeviled Lake Tahoe for a decade is now threatening another popular crystal-clear lake, despite an intensive, $1.5 million eradication effort over the past two years.
The Lake George Park Commission is considering raising boat registration fees and establishing a tax district to pay for boat inspections and other efforts to rid Lake George of Asian clams. The fast-breeding clams were first discovered in a sandy bay two years ago, prompting efforts to smother them with plastic mats laid by divers.
Earlier this month, the thumbnail-size clams were found in four new sites in the 32-mile-long Adirondack lake, raising the total to eight.
Waste from Asian clams has triggered algae blooms in Lake Tahoe. Their sharp shells befoul beaches.
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