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.
Download this image and share it on social media to show how you’re a Waters Protector! To download, right-click the image and select “save as” to save it to your device. Then upload it on social media – tag @sleloprisminvasives or use hashtag #iPledgeToProtect.
There are simple steps that can protect our waters from the introduction and spread of invasive species.
Learn to recognize aquatic invasive species threatening the SLELO region.
Manage aquatic invasive species along your dock or shoreline and/or learn to report observations via NYiMapInvasives.org.
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
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 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.
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