Groups Call for Lake George Boat Inspections


A coalition of Adirondack Park and regional environmental groups is calling on state officials to help create a new mandatory boat inspection program for Lake George.

The coalition sent a letter Monday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens asking for action on the issue. They say boat inspections and cleaning are needed to stop the spread of invasive species into the lake.

Signers of the letter include the Adirondack Council, Protect the Adirondacks, Adirondack Mountain Club, Adirondack Wild and the Sierra Club.

The governor and DEC haven’t endorsed a proposal for a mandatory inspection program funded by increased boat fees.

The Lake George Park Commission, a state agency, wants to form a mandatory boat inspection and decontamination program modeled after a program for Lake Tahoe.