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Lake George boat washing station. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nysdec/8981421492/">NYS DEC</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lake George boat washing station. Photo: NYS DEC, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY agency approves Lake George boat washing rules

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) A state agency has adopted final rules requiring boat inspections to prevent introduction of invasive species to Lake George.

The regulations approved by the Lake George Park Commission Tuesday take effect May 15. Under the plan, all trailered boats entering Lake George will be inspected for any plant or animal material. Those that don't pass must be cleaned at a nearby boat-washing station.  Go to full article
Whitewater slalom world champion Scott Shipley. Photo courtesy S2O Designs.
Whitewater slalom world champion Scott Shipley. Photo courtesy S2O Designs.

Kayaking champion helps design whitewater parks in Canton, Potsdam

The country's best known whitewater kayaking champion is helping design whitewater courses in Canton and Potsdam. Three time World Cup winner and three time Olympian Scott Shipley met with community members Monday night.  Go to full article
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein.
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Listen: 'Island Dave' has the job you want in the Thousand Islands

Whether it's the Adirondacks or the St. Lawrence River, everyone's getting in their last licks of summer this week.

The city of Brockville owns 16 park islands on the St. Lawrence that are busy with boats docking and people picnicking and camping.

Many boaters are familiar with the friendly face who manages and patrols the area. Listen to today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
The Pride of Buffalo. Photo by Mike Weekes
The Pride of Buffalo. Photo by Mike Weekes

Is a geodesic catamaran the future for houseboats?

A strangely-shaped houseboat called "The Pride of Buffalo" is making a tour of western New York harbors over the next few weeks. It looks sort of like a hippie dome built on a raft -- Huck Finn meets Buckminster Fuller.

It took Michael Weekes six weeks to build his geodesic houseboat. The wooden catamaran is currently docked at Buffalo's canalside for everyone to see. He hopes to inspire others and transform his local waterfront.  Go to full article
The view from the boat. Photo: Sarah Harris
The view from the boat. Photo: Sarah Harris

Sailing on Lake Champlain

Sailing is a big part of life on Lake Champlain. Each summer, marinas from Whitehall to Rouses Point fill up with boats - and a lot of them belong to Canadians.  Go to full article
The Iroquois Dam helps control water levels on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Photo courtesy New York Power Authority
The Iroquois Dam helps control water levels on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Photo courtesy New York Power Authority

IJC prepares for hearings on "modified" water levels plan

A binational agency is poised to take another step towards revising the way water levels are managed on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.

The International Joint Commission says it "aims" to hold public hearings on changing the 55-year-old system as early as next month.  Go to full article
Iroquois Dam. Photo courtesy New York Power Authority
Iroquois Dam. Photo courtesy New York Power Authority

Why low Lake Ontario levels mean high St. Lawrence levels

We've reported for months - years even - that the Great Lakes, from Superior to Ontario, are at historically low water levels.

So we were surprised to get the news this week that regulators are lowering the gates at the Iroquois Dam near Ogdensburg because the St. Lawrence River is too high.

It's quite a puzzle.  Go to full article
Champlain Canal, First Lock. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ifl/">Peretz Partensky</a> cc <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Champlain Canal, First Lock. Photo: Peretz Partensky cc some rights reserved

Vermont Senator pressures NYS to close Champlain Canal

New York State is under increasing pressure to close the Champlain Canal to keep a new invasive species out of Lake Champlain. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy yesterday blasted New York for "ignoring" the threat of the spiny water flea. The water flea was discovered earlier this month in the Feeder Canal near Glens Falls, and the Champlain Canal, both operated by New York.

The Champlain Canal is 60 miles long. It was built at the same time the Erie Canal was constructed to connect the Hudson River to Lake Champlain. It stretches through Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties, from Waterford past Ft. Edward to Whitehall.

Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann has covered both Lake Champlain and invasive species and joined Martha Foley for an update this morning.  Go to full article
Competitor number on a 50th anniversary race guideboat
Competitor number on a 50th anniversary race guideboat

50th Anniversary Willard Hanmer Guideboat Races

The Willard Hanmer Guideboat Race in Saranac Lake celebrated it's 50th anniversary this past weekend. Following tradition it was held on the closest Sunday to 4th of July.

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Hanmer was a guideboat builder in Saranac Lake from 1930 until his death in 1962 at the age of 60. He learned the craft from his father. The race was created in Hanmer's memory in 1962 and has been held every year since, 2012 being the 50th. After Hanmer's death, his wife sold the boat shop on Lake Street to Carl Hathaway, who apprenticed under Hanmer, and built guideboats in it until 1991 when he sold it to its current boat builder Chris Woodward who apprenticed under Hathaway.

The "two Chris's", Chris Woodward of the Woodward Boatshop and Chris Covert of Guideboat Realty are the race organizers and sponsors. The race has seen dwindling participation in recent years, however this year's event, with support from the Saranac Lake Women's Civic Chamber, saw a resurgence to it's former glory with a significant turnout.

The biggest attraction was the parade of almost 60 guideboats that did a parade lap around Lake Flower commemorating the 50th Hanmer race. In one of the lead boats of the parade were octogenarians Natalie Leduc from Saranac Lake and Jim Frenette of Tupper Lake, both former competitors in the Hanmer Race.  Go to full article
Hydrilla. Photo: Purdue Extension
Hydrilla. Photo: Purdue Extension

NY boaters asked to help prevent spread of invasive water plant

Hydrilla is one of the most aggressive, invasive water plants. Its long, trailing stems form thick mats that prevent native water vegetation and fish from getting enough oxygen, light and nutrients.

Hydrilla was found at Cayuga Inlet, near Ithaca, last August. If unchecked it could spread Cayuga Lake, other Finger Lakes, as well as Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Cornell Cooperative Extension is warning recreational boaters to take precautions and prevent the spread of the invasive plant. Sarah Harris has more.  Go to full article

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