Horicon has one of the 14 new decontamination stations now open across the Adirondacks. Seven are located at boat launches and seven are located at high traffic road sites. This is a pilot program to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. This program is led by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, and Paul Smiths College Adirondack Watershed Institute. Many conservation groups, owners associations, lake associations, local and state governments worked together to make this happen.
The picture shows an ECOS decontamination station cleaning a boat. This is like the one at the Horicon DEC Boat Launch. It uses high pressure hot water to kill any invasive plants or animals, no matter how small. The mat catches the water and recirculates it. Nothing goes into the ground. To date, approximately 20 boats have been decontaminated at this site. The boat wash is free to everyone and is a regional boat wash station, manned seven days a week.
The ECOS unit was purchased with funds from a Department of State Grant awarded to the Towns of Chester, Horicon and Schroon as a result of the Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan. Operational costs are shared by these three townships that border Schroon Lake and River.