Our waters are beautiful to behold. A refuge of relaxation, whether you are on the water, in the water, flying above or swimming below the surface. But our waters are also a living and delicate ecosystem. Our activities in and around the water can either help or harm the places we most enjoy.
Invasive plants and animals can hitch a ride on your watercraft, tag along on your gear, and even become unwelcome guests on toys and pets. These species, once introduced, out-compete the native plants and animals for resources and can quickly take over. Their presence can have a noticeable impact on the environment, and affect your ability to enjoy recreation on the water.
You can help keep your waters in the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario region at their best by following the steps below.
Agreeing to take these actions awards you this Waters Protectors Badge.
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There are simple steps that can protect our waters from the introduction and spread of invasive species.
Learn to recognize invasive species you may encounter on your waters.
Report invasives found in and on the water and assist early detection efforts.
Searching for invasive species populations in an effort to detect their presence before their populations become too large to manage is vital to reducing the impacts of invasive species on our natural ecosystems.
Click the link below to learn more about the species we’re enhancing early detection efforts for and to join our invasive species Volunteer Surveillance Network to aid this effort.
NYiMapInvasives is an online, collaborative, GIS-based database and mapping tool that serves as the official invasive species database for New York State.
Click the links below to become familiar with iMap
Join a statewide early detection effort for spotted lanternfly and tree of heaven by adopting a grid square to survey for these species through iMapInvasives.
The resources below provide general management techniques that you can use to manage invasives along your dock and shoreline.
Along with permitting requirements and funding opportunities Lake Associations can take advantage of.
The Invasive Plant Management Decision Analysis Tool (IPMDAT) helps natural resource managers to determine if an invasive plant control project is likely to be successful and if it warrants an investment of their agency’s or organizations resources.
NYiMapInvasives.org is the official invasive species database for New York State. Professionals and community scientists alike can utilize this platform to report and obtain distribution data for invasives across the state.
Find public boat launches near you with watercraft inspection stewards and boat decontamination services in New York State. Stewards help raise awareness of invasive species and inspect boats for the presence of invasives to prevent their spread into new waterbodies. Boat decontamination stations are available at select locations to provide a free boat wash to kill and remove aquatic invasive species from the watercraft.
The Starry Stonewort Collaborative is a program that brings together and increases the capacity of researchers, collaborators, and concerned citizens to further research and control the invasive aquatic species starry stonewort. Through increased outreach, citizen involvement, and teamwork, together we can help stop this harmful macroalgae.
Lake, Pond, and Fisheries Management Knowledge Bank.
An easy-to-use mobile apps that helps you identify native and invasive plants and animals.
This discussion provideS a bird’s-eye view of the Indian River Lakes watershed and explore funding sources and invasive species management permit needs, along with an overview of aquatic invasive species that may be invading your dock or shoreline and what steps you need to take to help manage them.
Brittney Rogers– SLELO PRISM
Emily Sheridan– NYSDEC