NYS DEC hopes to wash away invasive species | WNYT.com

NYS DEC hopes to wash away invasive species

Mark Mulholland
Updated: June 10, 2020 07:20 PM
Created: June 10, 2020 06:31 PM

QUEENSBURY - Invasive species like Eurasian Milfoil, Zebra Mussels and Spiny Water Fleas are damaging to the natural ecosystem of Lake George and other Adirondack lakes. The tiny creatures usually arrive by boat.

That's why the state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding boaters and jet skiers to "clean, drain, and dry" before moving their vessel from one body of water to another.

DEC demonstrated Wednesday how the wash station at the Exit 18 rest area of the Northway rids boats of the organisms that can create problems for Adirondack lakes.   

"These are organisms that explode in certain conditions and greatly alter the ecosystem, they can make it really difficult for recreational activities, whether it's boating or swimming, said Josh Thiel, invasive species coordination chief for the state. "And they're just very difficult to control, and they significantly alter the ecosystem of water bodies."

DEC says the boat washing station at the rest area treated 403 boats in 2019, making it the busiest of the 27 decontamination stations in the Adirondacks.

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