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Groups ask Cuomo to help fight Asian clams

Dear Gov. Cuomo:

We, the undersigned organizations—representing local governments, conservation organizations, businesses, and the scientific community—are appealing to you for your leadership in combating one of the single-biggest threats ever to face Lake George, the spreading presence of Asian clams.

Growing alarm over the emerging crisis posed by this invasive species has spurred unprecedented collaboration among our diverse groups. We are united by our commitment to protecting the life blood of the regional economy, the world-renowned water quality of Lake George. We urgently need your help to succeed.

While organizations have marshaled $1.5 million since the Asian clam was first found here in 2010, required now is a redoubling of effort and financial resources if we are to curb the impacts of Asian clams and other invasive species. As was just made clear in a recent Albany Times Union editorial (Oct. 2, 2012), “Failure to contain the invasive species in the lake will take an economic toll in the hundreds of millions of dollars.”

We are now in the enviable position of being able to prevent this outcome and the tragic legacy it portends for the “Queen of American Lakes,” among the crown jewels of New York and the nation. We are calling on the State of New York to partner with us by committing the additional financing now needed to protect Lake George from the impacts of invasive species and to show how dedicated leadership guided by common purpose can make a lasting difference.

Respectfully yours,

The FUND for Lake George

The Lake George Association

Village of Lake George

The Lake George Waterkeeper

Davies Davies & Association Real Estate

Wells Fargo Advisors

Harris Bay Yacht Club

Forest Bay Property Owners Association

Northern Lake George Yacht Club

Lake George Triathlon Festival

Town of Bolton

Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce

Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce

Lake George Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau

Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce

Surfside on the Lake

Eastern New York Marine Trades Association

Diamond Point Water Quality Awareness Committee

Assembly Point Water Quality Awareness Committee

Dunham’s Bay Water Quality Awareness Committee

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