The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that the spiny water flea, an aquatic invasive species, has been confirmed in Lake George.
"The discovery of spiny water flea in Lake George is not welcome news and DEC's efforts to slow the spread of this and other invasive species will continue," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. The spiny water flea feeds on tiny crustaceans and other zooplankton that are foods for fish and other native aquatic organisms, putting them in direct competition for this important food source. The tail spines of the spiny water flea hook on fishing lines and foul fishing gear.

Spiny water fleas can impact aquatic life in lakes and ponds due to their rapid reproduction rates. In warmer water temperatures these water fleas can hatch, grow to maturity, and lay eggs in as little as two weeks.

To help prevent the spread of the spiny water flea the D.E.C recommends inspecting & cleaning all fishing and boating gear, and drying and/or disinfecting all equipment.