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  Lake George NY Boat Inspections
  Posted by: Celia on Jan-31-14 10:10 AM (EST)

I cannot tell if this also impacts paddle boats. But the new aquatic species reg's do, so I could see Lake George including kayaks and canoes in this pre-inspection rule to launch from the Bolton Landing town park or smaller places like Huddle Beach.

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  "sealed to your trailer"
  Posted by: booztalkin on Jan-31-14 11:44 AM (EST)
What does it mean to have your boat sealed to your trailer?

No mention of fees. My experience with invasive species programs in Wyoming and Idaho was that the main thing it did was transfer cash from my pocket to the supply chain for invasive-species stickers.

Inspection sounds like a good idea, but who is going to pay these inspectors? Where and at what hours will a boater have to go to meet the program requirements?

It sounds inconvenient at the least, and possibly ineffective. And aren't all the heavily-boated eastern waterways already invaded by these species?

  A couple of things
  Posted by: Celia on Jan-31-14 12:06 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jan-31-14 12:25 PM EST --

Lake George is rated as drinkable, no filters needed, and the lake serves as a water supply for at least some of the surrounding homes/cottages. So they have more interest in stopping it at whatever stage is possible than a water body without that rating.

I haven't seen anything about the cost, but there is already a hefty presence around the lake of DEC and Parks staff in the summer because of the larger campgrounds like Hearthstone and Roger's Rock. Add in the local patrols, for ex I think there is some on-water monitoring out of Bolton Landing by local forces, and you end up with a fairly good network of pre-existing places set up for boat washing that are already staffed on the west side.

The east side is less so, but it is also barely developed with extremely limited launch access because of the shoreline configuration and large expanses of undeveloped preserve (no roads). Where there is access, like at a marina, it would not be too challenging to find a way to do inspections there.

At most of the spots we have launched from, there is some presence of at least a person at the gate after Memorial Day. And other unmonitored spots are well known. It would not be hard for someone to either look for a sticker on a kayak rack as you went into a town park or cruise parked cars near a town or DEC launch point that was not staffed. I suppose if someone used foam blocks and hid their gear in the trunk it'd be a tough call.

None of this means a fee won't happen - NY has gotten as money-grabby as every other state in the age of cutbacks. There have been major reductions in the state workforce for ex, so the hours of inspection could be an issue unless a fee is established to fun a position. But the way Lake George is already developed, it may be about the easiest place in the state to implement this kind of system.

Depending on how it is implemented, the place this could get tricky is at the many river launch points into the Hudson, the Mohawk or the Sacandaga rivers. These rivers have a lot of very nice launch sites that get a lot of action. Most are unstaffed and either remote or in a small village that is stressed to manage their own basic services.

  Alien beasts have jumped the barrier.
  Posted by: spiritboat on Jan-31-14 1:57 PM (EST)
I'd be among the first to yell if all the invasive species alarm in NY by DEC and other agencies, were just a new kind of money grab(I won't reply on your other post, it'd be kind of redundant). But measures already taken at eradication, have been unsuccessful because the magnitude of the problem is now so large, and threatening to get larger(much bigger than existing budgets have been able to cope with, in fact.)

Plain and simple: The critters are still out-pacing and out-populating human efforts thus far to stop them.
In the case of Lake George, mats ain't done it, scuba divers ain't done it, conscientious people with buckets picking the pests out by hand, ain't done it.
Total war may be the only option in some parts. And as we all know, war has a cost.
  I wonder.....
  Posted by: Chris_H on Feb-12-14 3:45 PM (EST)
......who is in charge of sanitizing the waterfowl that travel from lake to lake ?
  not all invasives travel that way
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-13-14 11:45 AM (EST)
As always we try our best. I notice no one asking who's going to pay for all this is bringing up the costs of combating invasives once they reach the water body.


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