LAKE GEORGE (AP) — More than 19,000 boats have been inspected in the inaugural year of Lake George's mandatory boat inspection program aimed at keeping invasive species out of the popular Adirondack waterway.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports ( ) that David Wick, executive director of the Lake George Park Commission, says more than 1,200 of the boats inspected prior to launching had to be decontaminated.

The mandatory boat inspections began May 15 and run through Dec. 1. Wick says the commission plans to begin boat inspections on April 15 next year.

Boaters launching their vessels on Lake George must first stop at one of six inspection stations set up around the lake.

The inspection and decontamination program is a two-year pilot program and the first of its kind east of the Mississippi River.

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