Watercraft Inspection Steward Program

SLELO Partners have been implementing strategies that serve to protect our region’s freshwater resources. From small embayments to large scale (Lake Ontario) systems, our partners continue to protect our regions freshwater resources from the ecological imbalance posed by aquatic invasive species (AIS). Key strategies include:

  1. Provide early detection surveillance of priority freshwater resources every two years to prevent the establishment of new invasive species.
  2. Utilize innovative technology such as eDNA and underwater video technology to detect AIS as early as possible while in low abundance.
  3. Conduct volunteer citizen science initiatives, including Volunteer Surveillance Networks to suppress existing populations of AIS.
  4. Implement voluntary watercraft inspections and educational outreach along Eastern Lake Ontario to reduce the spread of AIS into and out-of our regions waters.

Watercraft Inspection 

Watercraft Inspection consists of visually inspecting all boating and recreational equipment that come in contact with water; removing all visible plants, animals or mud materials; and draining any compartments that may hold water. Stewards are stationed at launches where they empower boaters to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) by sharing educational information and teaching boaters how to properly conduct inspections. During the inspections, which usually last less than 3 minutes, stewards collect important data on where boaters are coming from, headed to next and if they’re aware of invasive species issues. This information helps to inform our programming and efforts to be more efficient and effective at conserving New York’s waters.

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SLELO PRISM Program Has Expanded

We have expanded our program to have coverage at more than 20 launches across the region, with multiple alternate sites that stewards can visit. The 2020 steward program is co-administered with the Thousand Islands Land Trust and will run approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.

To apply to become a steward visit:

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