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Boat wash stations set to open

Designed to help curb invasive species in area lakes, bodies of water, rivers

CAROGA –Town Supervisor Scott Horton announced Thursday that the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program will resume on Memorial Day weekend at the Caroga boat wash station and at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation West Lake Fishing Access Site launch.

In accordance with NYSDEC guidance for essential services under the governor’s Executive Orders, town stewards will begin working Saturday to inspect watercraft, trailers and associated gear and to provide advice to boaters on best practices to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian Water Milfoil, Zebra Mussels, and Spiny Water Flea.

Watercraft or trailers found with visible organisms will be decontaminated at no charge with high pressure hot water at the boat wash station located across from the Town Hall on Route 10. As in past years, the town will work in cooperation with the Adirondack Watershed Institute and the Canada Lakes Conservation Association to provide these services free of charge.

When the NYSDEC Caroga Campground is re-opened, similar steward services will be provided there. Watercraft will also be inspected before launching at the Caroga Marina and at the Canada Lake Store and Marine. The town will resume the harvesting of milfoil in the Caroga Lakes on June 1.

All steward services will be carried out with measures and restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as directed by the NYSDEC. Social distancing, use of personal protective equipment, and other measures will be established to protect both boaters and the stewards. Horton said in a news release that town welcomes visitors to enjoy the recreational opportunities available in the town and urged all boaters to cooperate fully with the stewards to protect the lakes and to protect the health of all.

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