LAKE PLACID - The town of North Elba is getting close to passing an invasive species law.
The law would ban people from introducing any living plant or animal, other than bait fish from a certified source, into the town's waters. Violaters could be fined up to $250.
"We're trying to protect one of the most important resources we have here," town Councilman Bob Miller said after the meeting.
Town Attorney Ron Briggs is drafting the law now, which is modeled on one in Lake Pleasant. After it is done, a public hearing has to be held before the board can vote on it.
Miller said he and Councilman Derek Doty met with Mark Wilson, president of the Lake Placid Shore Owners Association, and Tyler Smith, aquatic invasive species coordinator with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, on Dec. 20 to discuss ways to protect Lake Placid lake from invasives.
The community has been intensively dealing with invasive species issues since variable-leaf milfoil was discovered in Paradox Bay in summer 2009. The village passed an invasive species law in July.
The state boat launch on Lake Placid lake is staffed with a steward in the summer to inspect boats going into the lake and talk with boaters, but the lesser-used village launch on Victor Herbert Road is only staffed on a few busy summer weekends. There are plans to install a camera at the village launch, however.
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