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Arietta adopts aquatic invasives law

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Updated: 7:59 AM

By MELANIE SNYDER

Express Summer Intern

PISECO -- A local Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Law will soon become effective in the Town of Arietta.

The town board adopted the law following a public hearing Monday, July 7, after several members of Piseco Lake Association commented on it. No one spoke against the law.

Originally proposed by PLA President Barry Baker, the law will allow the town to enforce regulations against those caught in the act of bringing invasive species into Piseco Lake or any body of water within the town.

Sixty percent of towns with lake associations, including the Town of Lake Pleasant, have put aquatic invasive species laws in place. Additionally, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation passed regulations this year to monitor invasive species at state facilities and boat launches. However, the laws do not provide for enforcement.

Said PLA Vice President Bryan Rudes, "This law along with the DEC regulations section 59.4, which was recently amended, require that people not put boats that are contaminated in any way into waters and that New York state give us tools to hopefully prevent the contamination of our lake."

According to Rudes, the reversal of damage by aquatic invasive species generally presents a more difficult challenge than that of prevention. "We need to do as much as we can to use this law to prevent contamination rather than remediation, which in talking to a lot of experts said doesn't work very well. Once it gets into the water, it's not going to leave."

Eugene Scott added that remediation is not only an issue of effectiveness, but would be an extremely costly process as well. Said Scott, "We've got lakes in the Adirondacks that are spending tons of money trying to deal with these invasive species. The name of the game is to keep it out in the first place."

According to Baker, a meeting with the DEC has been scheduled for July 28 to discuss enforcement. The law will become effective upon being filed the secretary of state.

OTHER BUSINESS

-- Samuel "Mel" LaScola was appointed deputy zoning officer.

-- Zoning Officer John Casey reported three new homes are being built.

-- Supervisor Rick Wilt will advertise requests for engineering proposals to design a new roof for Piseco Community Hall, which he says is leaking more than ever.

-- Fred Knapp thanked the board for making it possible for his family to purchase the former Piseco Lake Lodge.

The Arietta Town Board will next meet Monday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m.

     

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