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Skaneateles Lake & Lake George Partner on Algae Bloom Prevention

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

SOURCE: Gwendolyn Craig, The Post-Star

A Class AA water body and sister lake to Lake George has already experienced multiple toxic algal blooms this summer, and The Jefferson Project is hoping to find out why. Skaneateles Lake, a Finger Lake in Onondaga County that provides drinking water to the city of Syracuse and multiple surrounding towns and villages, was plagued with the blooms last year, too. The Jefferson Project, an environmental monitoring system developed by IBM Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and The Fund for Lake George, is expanding from Lake George to Skaneateles Lake with a monitoring platform already set up, according to a release.


Free Safe Boating Course – July 28 & 29

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is offering a free two-day boater safety course at its Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook on July 28 and 29.

Anyone born after May 1, 1996, must pass an approved boater safety course to legally operate a motor boat. In addition, New York State Law requires a boating safety course for the operation of personal watercraft (PWC).

The Safe Boating Course is a comprehensive course that provides the fundamentals of safe boating operation and is approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Certified Instructors and DEC Environmental Conservation Officers teach the course, which includes eight hours of classroom instruction over two days.

Students must be10 years old to take the class. The course will be given at DEC Region 5 Headquarters at 1115 State Rt. 86, Ray Brook, NY. The course runs from at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 29.

Instructors will issue students a temporary Safe Boating Certificate good for 90 days upon completion of the course. Adults age 18 or older must submit $10 to the Bureau of Marine Services to receive a permanent safe boating certificate.

Call 518-897-1324 to pre-register for the course. Class size is limited. Please notify instructors in advance if students require any special accommodations.

Invasive Species Prevention Week

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Spectrum News Anchor, Solomon Syed caught up with Warren County Supervisor, Dennis Dickinson; Lake George Park Commission Executive Director, Dave Wick; and Julie Tighe and Justin Perry with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today to discuss invasive species.

Please click the link below to view the three very informative videos under the title, Invasive Species Prevention Week:

In Focus is a 30-minute public affairs program hosted by award-winning reporter and evening anchor Solomon Syed, exclusively on Spectrum News. Each week, Solomon will invite experts around Albany to discuss a wide range of issues impacting the Capital Region. In Focus airs on Spectrum News each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and repeats Sunday at 3:30 p.m.


Would this loss be covered by your boat insurance policy?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

For the majority of recreational boaters, a boat insurance claim won’t be in their future this summer – but you can never predict when something will happen. Is your boat insurance policy up to par? With the boating season just begun, our partners at BoatUS suggest that you should do a quick “checkup” on your boat insurance policy to ensure you have three important coverages.

Three important coverages boaters sometimes overlook:

1. Consequential damage coverage: Big, bad things like sinkings, often happen to boats as a result of some small part below the waterline failing. Think cracked rubber outdrive bellows or broken thru-hulls. Check your policy now to ensure it includes consequential damage coverage that pays for losses that often begin with a failed part that may be excluded under the policy. This means the leaky rubber outdrive bellows or broken thru-hull itself may not be covered, but with consequential damage coverage, the rest of the repairs or total loss – your sunken boat – will be (up to the limits you have selected). One caveat: This consequential damage coverage often applies only to major or total losses. It’s typical, for example, to cover the immediate consequential damage resulting from any sinking, fire, explosion, demasting, collision or stranding.

2. Salvage coverage: A windstorm collapses your marina’s shed roof onto your boat. You run hard aground and damage the running gear. You are now in a salvage situation: The boat is not a total loss and needs to be recovered and brought to a repair facility. Most boaters assume the cost of removing the boat to a safe location is covered by their insurance policy, but some policies will first subtract salvage costs from the insured value of the boat, reducing the funds available to repair the boat, or the amount paid to the boater in the event of a total loss. Or worse yet, some policies pay only a small percentage of that insured value – perhaps just 5 to 10 percent – to pay for salvage costs, again forcing you to pay more out of pocket. Make sure your policy has salvage coverage that is separate but equal to the limit of your boat’s hull-value coverage. For example, a boat with an agreed value of $40,000 should have another separate $40,000 available just for salvage expenses.

3. Hurricane haulout coverage: For boats in hurricane zones, hurricane haulout coverage is a must. This coverage helps a boat owner make the decision to haul his or her boat before the storm as it helps pay a portion of the labor costs to have a boat hauled, prepared and tied-down by professionals, or moved by a licensed captain. While hauling out in preparation for a storm costs the boater some money, it’s potentially far less than if the boat sustained damage or became a total loss. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program pays 50 percent of the cost of labor, up to $1,000, to have the boat hauled or moved to the safety of a hurricane hole, and the haulout does not penalize the policyholder.

For more information on boating insurance or to find a local boat insurance provider near you, please contact us today.

Tracking Invasive Species Using Artificial Intelligence

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

June 2, 2018 – Queensbury, NY 

Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM Senior Vice President of Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research gave an important lecture at the Warren County Economic Development Corporation Luncheon today at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge regarding the advancement and exponential growth potential of Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Kelly gave a detailed overview of AI and the amazing super-computers he and his colleagues at IBM are currently working on. Mind blowing stuff, really. According to Dr. Kelly, theses new advancements in technology are going to such high levels, that computer chips the size of a grain of salt will actually be able to process data in seconds, to help humans in just about every field make key decisions and solve problems with a 99% accuracy.

In one specific example, Dr. Kelly explained that using AI, IBM’s computer technology scales Globally and it could help a doctor in India retrieve an American citizen’s digital health records in seconds, to properly be able to diagnose and best treat ailments of that person, in real-time. Additionally, he explained that IBM is working tirelessly with leaders in healthcare to be able to use this technology to hyper-target the source of rogue cell mutations, assisting health care providers to actually be able to prevent the spread of cancer at the source, upon diagnosis. Pretty awesome news.

For boaters like us, some neat details were discussed regarding how IBM, The FUND for Lake George, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY have joined forces on The Jefferson Project, to utilize IBM’s AI technology to track invasive species. The group’s joint effort is currently tracking human behavior and its impact on Lake George, using IBM’s computers and AI technology tracking system as an effort to more proactively be able to prevent the contamination and spread in the future. More great news there. The best part however, is that this technology is already being scaled as a means to track the same activity throughout other bodies of water in Upstate NY, such as Skaneateles.

At IBM, Dr. Kelly is focused on the company’s investments in several of the fastest-growing and most strategic parts of the information technology market. His portfolio includes IBM Analytics, IBM Security and IBM Watson (as seen on Jeopardy, outsmarting human beings), as well as IBM Research and the company’s Intellectual Property team.

He also oversees the specialization of IBM Watson into various industries and domains including IBM Watson Health, IBM Watson Internet of Things, IBM Watson Education, IBM Watson Financial Services and IBM Watson Customer Engagement.

In this role, Dr. Kelly’s top priorities are to stimulate innovation in key areas of information technology and to bring those innovations into the marketplace quickly; to apply these innovations to help IBM clients succeed; and to identify and nurture new and future areas for investment and growth. He works closely with the leaders of these units to drive business development, accelerate technology transfer and invest for the future.

Don’t Let Distracted Boating Get You This July 4th

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Just like Americans’ hectic Thanksgiving Day holiday travel habits, July 4 is recreational boating’s biggest holiday of the year. The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water predicts crowded launch ramp and marina facilities with significant recreational boat traffic congestion on lakes, rivers and coastal waters. Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, machinery failure, and alcohol use rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents according to the U.S. Coast Guard, and each could come into play on boating’s biggest time of the year. Here are five July 4 safety tips from the BoatUS Foundation:

1. Stop the distractions: Being distracted — even for an instant — can make a good day go bad. Before you head out on the water, learn how to use your GPS at the dock, rather than with your head down, trying to figure out how to toggle between screens while underway. Can you move your hand between the throttle and wheel without looking? Do you know the locations of the trim switch, running lights or bilge switch by feel? If not, spend some time memorizing the locations of your boat controls. When running, try to zone out of unnecessary conversations that are going on around you, with the exception of valuable input from a helpful lookout. Texting and boating is a dangerous activity, just as it is in a car.

2. Hold off on the alcohol until you’re safely ashore or tied up for the night: Added to the effects of sun, wind and waves, alcohol lowers situational awareness. Bring lots of water and other nonalcoholic beverages.

3. The best life jacket is the one you will wear: Spending the extra money on a comfortable life jacket means your chances of wearing it greatly increase. Check out the newer, small lightweight inflatable-style life jackets that are nothing like the uncomfortable life jackets of old. And it’s also always wise to have everyone aboard in life jackets when going to fireworks shows – accidents can happen very quickly, especially after the shows end and the mad dash for home begins. If you need a right-sized kids life jacket, you can borrow one for free from one of 550 locations by going to

4. Some help just for paddlers: Paddlers should understand all of the nautical rules of the road, practice defensive paddling and assume no one can see you. At night, show a white light (glow sticks hung around the paddler’s neck do not qualify). Avoid crowded anchorages and congested ramp areas.

5. About that broken down boat: The nationwide TowBoatUS on-water towing fleet traditionally reports hundreds of requests from boaters needing assistance with battery jumps and anchor-line disentanglements over the July 4 holiday. To avoid having to contact BoatUS 24-hour dispatch ( monitor your boat’s battery drain during the long day on the water, go slow while hauling your anchor line, watch for wakes, and be super vigilant so you don’t run over someone else’s anchor line after the fireworks show ends.

Happy Boating!

June 2018 Source: BoatU.S.

NY State Releases Plan To Fight Algae Blooms

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Source: The Post-Star

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the release of 12 action plans for water bodies across the state, including Lake George and Lake Champlain, to combat harmful algal blooms. The plans are part of a $65 million initiative, which includes the implementation of specific projects in the 12 watersheds to protect water quality. The state identified $500,000 for each of the action plans, which were developed by the state’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team, national experts and local stakeholders. The remaining funds are set aside for specific water quality grants that lake groups, municipalities and others may apply for. Many of the deadlines for those grant opportunities are in July and August this year.”

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National Safe Boating Week: May 19-25

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

3 Easy, No-Cost Ways to Be Safer on the Water

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 14, 2018 – With the start of boating season and next week’s National Safe Boating Week, May 19–25, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has three tips to get boaters thinking about safety aboard any type of boat:

1. Open up your boat for a vessel safety check: You may think getting a vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons or NY State Law Enforcement can open yourself to problems. However, a no-risk, free vessel safety check does the opposite. It points out both the required and recommended items to have aboard, such as fire extinguishers, life jackets, distress signals, first-aid kits, and engine spark arrestors, and also helps provide a better understanding on the care and use of this critical equipment. Checks are done as a courtesy with no risk to the boater, so you won’t be in trouble if discrepancies are found. Go to to request a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary safety check or for a U.S. Power Squadrons safety check.

2. Believe the numbers – take a safety course: Statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety show that only 13 percent of all boating deaths in 2016 occurred on vessels where the operator had taken a nationally approved boating safety education course. So take this number to heart – taking a boating safety course improves safety. The BoatUS Foundation offers free online boating safety courses that meet the education requirements in 36 states and also may earn you a boat insurance discount. Go to

3. Give a safety talk before you head out: Taking out guests is half the fun of boating, but before you head out give a little talk about how to stay safe aboard your boat. Some important things to include may be how to distribute weight in a small boat, how to hold on when crossing a wake, how a tuber or water skier should safely reboard after being towed, how the VHF radio works and the location of important safety equipment. Also, give everyone a life jacket to wear or keep in his or her immediate vicinity. If you don’t have a right-sized life jacket for a youngster, borrow one for free at more than 550 locations nationwide from the BoatUS Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Program at

The above information has been provided courtesy of the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water: The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the more than half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nonprofit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 36 free state courses – can be found at


ENYMTA & Boat Upstate NY Honored

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Plattsburgh, NY – 

Eastern New York Marine Trades Association (ENYMTA), Founders of Boat Upstate NY have been honored by New York State Association of Career & Technical Education Administrators (ACTEA)

The Eastern New York Marine Trades Association has been selected as a 2018 CTE Business & Industry Recipient of the Special Recognition Award from the New York State Association of Career & Technical Education Administrators (ACTEA) for their work with CV-TEC in the Marine Technology Program. The award is designed to recognize special contributions to Career & Technical Education by its members and professionals who have furthered the aims and objectives for youth and adults in New York State. The ENYMTA was honored at a Special Awards Reception on Thursday, April 12th at the association’s Annual Conference in Albany, NY where he was presented with the award. 

ENYMTA is dedicated to advancing the interests of the marine trades in the Capital, Saratoga and Adirondack Regions of NYS since 1975. The leaders of ENYMTA have devoted their careers to the industry and recognized the need for a trained quality workforce in the region. In 2011, the group lobbied for the creation of a Marine Technology program to provide training opportunities for students in the North Country. The Marine Technology program in partnership with CV-TEC opened in the Ticonderoga in 2012 and is now located at the CV-TEC Mineville Campus. The program continues to evolve and grow due to the unwaivered support of ENYMTA.

Pictured from left to right: Mr. James McCartney, CV-TEC Plattsburgh Satellite Campus Principal; Mr. Scott Andersen, ENYMTA; Mr. Joel Holden, ENYMTA President; Mrs. Michele M. Friedman, CV-TEC Director













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