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August 22, 2013

Memories of lake, camps shared at meeting

People who share in the common interest of preserving Otsego Lake met on Saturday as the Otsego Lake Association held its annual membership meeting at Camp Minnetoska.

People were invited to share photos and stories about their memories of the various camps at Lake Otsego, as the theme for the meeting was nostalgia.

The current president, Wayne Bunn, ran the meeting. However, he said it was his last meeting as president because he plans to retire.

The OLA also held a silent auction with photos of the lake, T-shirts, books and other Otsego Lake related items as well as gift certificates for lunch at local restaurants.

Paul Lord, faculty member of the State University College at Oneonta Biological Field Station and Biological Field Station Volunteer Dive Team, presented some of his findings about invasive species in Otsego Lake.

Lord has been working with aquatic invasive species in lakes and rivers throughout the greater Catskill Region for the past two summers, he said.

“What I’ve come to realize is that things leaving our lake are a threat to our lake and everything leaving other lakes is a threat to our lake,” Lord said.

“It’s not just inspecting boats coming in. It’s keeping stuff that belongs in the water off the roads so that they don’t move from one lake to another,” he continued.

Lord then mentioned Warren County in the Adirondacks that has already passed legislation that made it illegal to drive on county roads with any living aquatic plants or wildlife from Lake George in a boat or trailer.

Lord said t there is no such legislation in Cooperstown and towns surrounding Otsego Lake. The best way to help prevent invasive species is by passing a law forbidding the movement of living things out of the lake and on the roads, he said.

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