ESSLA partnered with Paul Smith’s College and the Town of Horicon to operate a stewardship program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Remnants of water and aquatic plant matter in a boat can spread invasive species from one water body to another. From May to September boat launch stewards are on hand at the Horicon boat launch providing public outreach and education on invasive species, as well boat inspections. Examples of findings on watercraft entering Schroon Lake include Eurasian Water Milfoil, curly leaf pond weed and water chestnut. ESSLA is currently exploring the possibility of DEC installing a boat wash station adjacent to the launch. PWCs, canoes and kayaks, sailboats, pontoon boats and motor boats all undergo inspection. Infested boats will be directed to a boat cleaning facility or marine shop.