BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are set to show off new boat washing stations meant to help stem the spread of invasive species in the state's waterways.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Bill Owens will be among the officials visiting Bolton Landing on Lake George for the demonstration early Friday afternoon.
Conservation groups and the state have been battling a number of invasive creatures in Lake George, including Eurasian milfoil, zebra mussels, spiny water fleas and Asian clams. And there are other invaders in the state's lakes, rivers and streams, including some that arrived as common aquarium plants.
Experts say inspections and decontaminating boats and other gear used on the water are key elements in the fight.