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February 22, 2013

Report cites milfoil reduction in Lake George

LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Park Commission and its partners have cleared more than 85 percent of milfoil sites in Lake George, a newly released report shows.

The commission’s 2012 Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Report said plans are in the works for a final push to nearly eradicate the invasive species there.

The progress has been made possible with funding from the state’s Environmental Protection Fund, including $130,000 since Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office, coupled with money from the nonprofit organization The Fund for Lake George, the report said.

“The bottom line is that we’ve made significant headway in controlling milfoil in Lake George,” Commission Chairman Bruce Young said in a news release.

“And with continued effort and funding, we will be poised to finally get this invasive plant nearly eradicated in a few short years.

“However, we need to keep vigilant on this issue because any lapse in effort will only allow this threat to come roaring back. We can’t allow that to happen.”

Plans for the 2013 program include $65,000 from the Environmental Protection Fund and another $70,000 from the Department of State through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Grant Program.

The commission and its partners are meeting to finalize a three-year plan to determine resource needs and best methods of management for the future.

Currently, about 200 known sites on Lake George harbor some level of milfoil, from only a few plants up to fairly dense beds approaching a football field in size.

Plans have been proposed to address all of these sites, using techniques including hand harvesting and “benthic mats,” which smother the plants in highly dense areas.

The report is posted at www.lgpc.state.ny.us.

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