LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — A state agency has adopted final rules requiring boat inspections to prevent introduction of invasive species to Lake George.
The regulations approved by the Lake George Park Commission Tuesday take effect May 15. Under the plan, all trailered boats entering Lake George will be inspected for any plant or animal material. Those that don't pass must be cleaned at a nearby boat-washing station.
The inspections and washing will be free to the public.
Lake George will be the first lake in the eastern United States to have mandatory inspections.
The program will cost about $700,000 a year, mostly for hiring 45 people to do the inspections and washing. Half the money is coming from the state and the rest is provided by a coalition of advocacy groups and lakeside municipalities.