Spiny water flea (Source: National Park Service)
Mayfield, NY, Sep 27, 2010 — Last week, biologists with New York's Conservation Department confirmed a new invasive organism in four southern Adirondack Lakes. The spiny water flea has been found in Sacandaga Lake near Speculator, Great Sacandaga lake, Peck Lake and Stewarts Bridge Reservoir. The tiny crustacean is already competing with native organisms and fish in Lake Ontario.
Brian Mann talked about the continuing wave of new invasive organisms with Hilary Smith. Smith is head of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program based in Keene Valley.
A growing number of towns in the North Country are crafting their own strict invasive species ordinances, designed to protect local forests and waterways.
Harrietstown will hold a public hearing on its new invasives law on October 28 in the town hall.