Zebra mussels fought at some boat launches

SCHROON LAKE (AP) – New York state environmental officials say they are joining forces with other organizations to combat the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it is working with Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association on a pilot program. The program will evaluate the effectiveness of flushing boats’ water holding compartments to prevent the spread of zebra mussel larvae and other unwanted microscopic species.

The program will be run at state boat launches on Cranberry Lake, Second Pond, Great Sacandaga Lake and Schroon Lake.

The zebra mussel is a mollusk that can clog boat engines and water intake pipes.