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Speculator, NY ,

Working group members of three area lake associations held a get-together May 21 at King Of The Frosties in Speculator. Shown are (from left) DIck Arthur, Bill Thielking, Mike Durkee, John Snyder, Bryan Rudes, Mitzi Fox and Chips Arend. Charlie Ascher is not pictured. (Photo submitted)

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Lake protectors share strategies

Friday, May 30, 2014 - Updated: 12:20 PM

By BILL THIELKING, president

Lake Pleasant-Sacandaga Assoc.

SPECULATOR -- Members of three local lake associations met for breakfast and coffee at King of the Frosties here Wednesday, May 21, to compare approaches to biodiversity preservation and preventing the introduction of invasive plants and animals into the lakes in this area.

Charlie Ascher, Mitzi Fox and Bill Thielking from the Lake Pleasant-Sacandaga Association; Dick Arthur, Mike Durkee and John Snyder from the Canada Lake Association; and Bryan Rudes and Chips Arend from the Piseco Lake Association were present.

Discussions included approaches to boat inspections at boat launching ramps, cooperation with local governments, training for member lakeshore inspections and community awareness projects. Not all approaches were the same and the good points of each were shared.

The Town of Lake Pleasant's recent enactment of a local law that includes penalties for boaters not removing aquatic plants and animals before launching was of great interest. It is thought to be the first of its kind in New York state.

The associations agree this is an important measure. Apparently a similar provision has been proposed on the state level.

Minutes of the meeting will be circulated and several action points were agreed upon. A second meeting may be called in the fall.

     

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