The numbers reported by the Adirondack Watershed Institute underline the importance of the program. In 2017, the Stewards inspected 5,059 boats coming from 135 different waterways. 2.2% of these boats failed inspection, and there were 22 instances of an invasive species found and removed from a boat about to launch into Lake Placid. The invasive species consisted of variable leaf watermilfoil, Eurasian watermilfoil, water chestnut, curly-leaf pondweed and zebra mussels. In 2018, 4,365 boats from 75 waterways were inspected. 18.6% failed the inspection. There were eight instances of invasive species found and removed.
Given the importance of the Steward Program and to reduce the risk of new introduction of invasive species in to Lake Placid, the SOA contracts with Paul Smith’s to increase the coverage to seven days-a-week at the DEC Launch, the Village Launch and the Decontamination Station from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The Decontamination Station or Boat Wash is located next to the DEC launch and is available for everyone bringing any kind of boat into Placid Lake, free of charge.
The Steward Program is aimed at preventing the introduction of invasive species into Lake Placid. To date, it has been successful in keeping out invasive species other than variable leaf milfoil which is currently found in Paradox Bay (one stem was found outside Paradox Bay in 2019). To control and reduce the level of variable leaf watermilfoil in Paradox Bay and to prevent its migration to other parts of Lake Placid, the SOA hired Invasive Solutions Dive Company LLC to harvest the milfoil each summer. Because of a sharp increase in milfoil in Paradox Bay in 2018, the harvesting operations were increased from one week to two weeks. In 2020, harvesting increased to three weeks in an effort to get ahead of the curve.