Update on Mandatory Inspection Program

The mandatory Inspection Program has had a great start this year. Feedback is very positive, and the majority of people have all heard about the program before they arrive – just as we had hoped!!   As of July 1, a total of 3,292 vessels have been inspected and 199 have been decontaminated at the 6 locations around the lake.  Click here for more detailed number of inspections and decons by site.

We’re sure after the busy holiday weekend there will be many more boats! We will post the updated program numbers when they are available.

And remember, Go to LGBoatInpections.com for all the details about the program.

Mandatory Boat Inspections Have Officially Begun

The new mandatory boat inspection and decontamination program officially began last week on Thursday May 15th.  All boats must now be inspected at one of six regional inspection stations located around the Lake prior to launching.

Once inspected and verified as clean, drained and dry – the boat can be sealed to the trailer and then continue on to launch.  If the vessel does not meet the clean, drained and dry criteria – it must be decontaminated with high pressure hot water prior to launching.

For more details about the program – including inspection station location and times of operation, go to www.LGBoatInspections.com

Read more about the start of the program in local news coverage:

Frozen Boats Program to end April 25

Get your boat sealed to your trailer now if you have stored your boat all winter in below freezing temperatures - and you can launch in the spring without an inspection.

The Lake George Park Commission’s “Frozen Boats” Program that allows local residents to have their boats certified as invasive-free with a Vessel Inspection Control Seal (VICS) in advance of the 2014 boating season ends Friday April 25th.

You can go to www.LGBoatInspections.com for more details about the program – including who in your local area can come tag your boat if you keep it on your own property for the winter.

LGPC AIS Committee meeting Fri April 18

The Aquatic Invasive Species Committee of the Lake George Park Commission will be meeting at the end of this week. Get the latest updates on the LGPC’s mandatory boat inspection program this Friday, April 18, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lake George Town offices.All interested individuals are welcome to attend.

The agenda will be posted here when available.

 

Local boats can be sealed now through the LGPC’s Frozen Boats Program

The Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) has established a “Frozen Boats” Program that allows local residents to have their boats certified as invasive-free with a Vessel Inspection Control Seal (VICS) in advance of the 2014 boating season.

The LGA's Floating Classroom was sealed as part of the Frozen Boats Program.

Having a boat with an intact inspection seal acquired through the Frozen Boats Program removes the need for that boat to visit one of the six regional inspection stations for a ‘clean, drained, and dry’ inspection prior to its first launch of the year into Lake George.

The program will provide inspection seals for local trailered boats that have been demonstrated to be exposed to the winter elements sufficiently long to kill aquatic invasive species. In general – 3 days of consecutive below freezing temperatures is cold enough to kill any AIS that might be on a boat.

The earliest ice out on the area’s local waterbodies will signify the end of the 2014 Frozen Boats Program, and seals will not be applied through the program after that date. While ice out is typically early to mid-April, it might be a bit late this year due to all the cold weather. Although, you just never know what the weather is going to do, so if you have a boat that you want sealed as part of this program, you should be sure to get it taken care of sooner rather than later.

A Vessel Inspection Control Seal (VICS)

Most local marinas and haulers that store boats over the winter have agreements with the LGPC and will be able to take care of your boat for you – but for those people who keep their boat on their own property – the LGPC has teamed up with local partners to administer the Frozen Boats Program.

You can go to www.LGBoatInspections.com for more details about the program – including who in your local area can come tag your boat if you keep it on your own property for the winter.

LGBoatInspections.com is now live

A new website, www.LGBoatInspections.com is now online as a resource for everything boaters need to know about the new mandatory inspection and decontamination program for Lake George. Be sure to check this site out as you are planning your trip to the Lake, so that you can plan accordingly to have your boat inspected before launching on the Lake.

The site has a checklist of what you need to do before you arrive, answers numerous FAQs, and has info about the regional inspection stations, including times of operation and an interactive map with driving directions.

Click here to read the LGPC Press Release about the new website.

Did you know that you can register your boat with the LGPC online now too?

Click here to register your boat online.  (All Vessels 18 Feet or Longer, or Any Vessel Mechanically Propelled by a Motor 10 h.p. or Greater, Must Register ANNUALLY with the Lake George Park Commission and Display a Registration Decal.)

Full Steam Ahead with preparations to begin Mandatory Boat Inspections

At the January monthly meeting the LGPC Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the final regulations for a mandatory inspection and decontamination program for Lake George.

Read about it in the Post Star here.
Read about it in Denton Publications here.

As of May 15, 2014 all trailered vessels will need to be inspected prior to launching.

Right now it is full steam ahead with getting the pieces of the program finalized and ready to begin for this season.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Tget on the water fasterhe new website www.LGBoatInspections.com will be live as of April 1. This website will provide details on the inspection process – such as the inspection station locations, hours of operations, what to expect when you arrive, etc.
  • An informational flyer about the program is being mailed to all registered boaters on Lake George. This flyer gives you an overview of how the program will work, how to prepare before you arrive at Lake George, what to expect when you arrive at an inspection station, and where the inspection stations will be located. Click here to view or download the pdf.
  • Rack cards and other outreach materials are being developed to help spread the word. Click here to view or download the pdf.
  • The Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) has announced job opportunities for the 2014 boating season as part of the new Mandatory Boat Inspection and Decontamination Program. One Full-time Park Ranger position, one Full-time General Mechanic with a background in marine mechanics and several Vessel Inspection Technician (VIT) positions are available.The LGPC is looking to hire 45-50 VITs to help get the program up and running this summer! These people will be on the ground providing the first line of defense for the lake this summer – similar to the Lake Stewards in the past. This is a large number of people to be hired – so if you know someone who might be interested in working to help protect the Lake this summer – please help spread the word.
  • More info about the jobs is available on the LGPC website.

LG AIS Updates

The agenda for the LGPC AIS Committee meeting on Friday Jan 17th from 2.30 – 4.30 at Bolton Town Hall can be found here.  Attending these meetings is a great way to stay up to date with the most current info about planning for the mandatory inspection and decontamination program for this spring. The Agenda for this meeting includes:

  • the AIS Prevention Regulations
  • Invasive Species Funding – NYS Grant to Warren County
  • Implementation of Boat Inspection Program
  • 2014 Lake George Eurasian Milfoil Control Work
  • Asian Clam Management Update

Also – a correction to the last post – public comments on the Draft Regulations to Prohibit Aquatic Invasive Species Introductions to Lake George are being accepted until Jan 24th – not Jan 18th – as previously posted. Sorry for any confusion.

LGPC AIS Committee Meeting Fri Jan 17th

The Lake George Park Commission Aquatic Invasive Species Committee will be holding a meeting Friday, January 17, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bolton Town Hall Main Street, Bolton Landing, NY.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. A meeting agenda will be posted once it becomes available.

This meeting was originally scheduled for Fri Jan 10th but was rescheduled for Fri Jan 17th – so be sure to adjust your calendar! Attending these meetings is a great way to keep up-to-date with the latest news about this new program.

REMINDER: There are two weeks left to comment on the Draft Regulations to Prohibit Aquatic Invasive Species Introductions to Lake George,  which is available online and will be available for public comment until January 24, 2014.  Please voice your support for these important regulations to protect Lake George if you have not done so already.

ALSO OF INTEREST: On Jan 8th the NYSDEC posted online for public comment its proposed regulations to help stop the transport of Aquatic Invasive Species.

The new regulations would make it illegal to launch at a DEC site without having first removed all visible plant and/or animal material and having drained all water from the boat – as well as illegal to leave from a launch site without having done the same as well.

Read the entire the proposed regulation here.
Read the press release from the DEC here.

Comments are being accepted until February 24, 2014. While Lake George will have a stricter program in place for the next 2 years, this new regulation will still help protect the lake from AIS arriving from other nearby waterbodies and is a good step forward for the rest of the state. Please be sure to voice your support for this important regulation as well.

Lake George Park Commission Approves Revised Draft Regs

Earlier today at a specially scheduled meeting of the Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) held in the Town of Hague the Commissioners passed two very important resolutions for moving us forward in protecting Lake George from aquatic invasive species. The first resolution approved the revised Draft Regulations to Prohibit Aquatic Invasive Species Introductions to Lake George and released them to the public for comment. This updated version of the draft regulations is available online and will be available for public comment until January 18th, 2014.

Final EIS cover pageThe Commissioners also passed a revision to the Lake George Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Plan and Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) which they had approved at their regular monthly meeting last week to now include the potential for staffing at state launches up to 24 hours per day. Both documents, the Draft Regulations and the Final GEIS can be found on the LGPC’s website.

The LGPC also announced that a scheduled meeting of the Lake George Park Commission Aquatic Invasive Species Committee will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bolton Town Hall, Main Street, Bolton Landing, NY. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Discussion will focus on planning for a mandatory trailered boat inspection program for the 2014 season, as described in the recently approved GEIS.