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SLA ESSLA AND PLA DO JOINT RESOLUTION ON BOAT WASHING STATION

1/27/2016

SLA, ESSLA AND PLA JOIN IN RESOLUTION TO CREATE NEW BOAT DECONTAMINATION STATION NORTH AND EAST OF SCHROON LAKE TO PROTECT THE PARADOX/SCHROON WATERSHED

 

The Schroon Lake Association (SLA), the East Shore Schroon Lake Association (ESSLA) and the Paradox Lake Association (PLA) have joined together in a resolution to establish an additional Boat Decontamination Station in the Schroon-Paradox Watershed. Establishing a Station North and East of Schroon Lake would install a protective gateway for boats coming from the East from Lake George and Lake Champlain.

 

The Resolution reads as follows:

 

JOINT RESOLUTION ON BOATWASHING STATION

AT PARADOX LAKE DEC CAMPSITE

 

WHEREAS the Schroon Lake Association (SLA), the Paradox Lake Association (PLA) and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association (ESSLA)(collectively the Lake Organizations) have been striving to maintain the quality to the Schroon Paradox Watershed (our watershed) for  over 100 years and

 

WHEREAS the Lake Organizations have expended tens of thousands of hours and dollars in maintaining the environmental health of our watershed and

 

WHEREAS bodies of water outside our watershed, including Lake Champlain, the Great Lakes and the Hudson River contain many invasive species not currently in our watershed and

 

WHEREAS the launching of watercraft contaminated with invasive plants and animals (invasives) into our watershed has been demonstrated to be a daily threat and

 

WHEREAS watercraft and equipment containing invasives will cause the spread of those invasives to our watershed.

 

WHEREAS the spread of invasive plants and animals from watercraft and aquatic equipment is a genuine and clear threat to the environmental health and safety as well as the enjoyment of our watershed and

 

WHEREAS the spread of invasives in our watershed can also create great economic harm, reduction in property values and substantially increase governmental expense on towns and counties already heavily burdened and

 

WHEREAS the use of a recycling, self-contained, portable boat decontamination station (decontamination station) is critical to preventing the release of invasives into our watershed

 

WHEREAS the number and location of boat contamination stations is insufficient to properly serve and protect our watershed and

 

WHEREAS a location north and east of Schroon Lake provides an opportunity for boats from Lake Champlain, Lake George and bodies of water north and west of our watershed to be decontaminated.

 

WHEREFORE the Lake Organizations hereby petition the State of New York and the Department of Environmental Conservation to approve a boat decontamination station north and east of Schroon Lake.  We further ask that all Town and County Officials and elected representatives in Southern Essex and Northern Warren Counties support this resolution.

 

 



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