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Finger Lakes Institute Taking Watercraft Inspections to the Next Level

Hello from Conesus Lake! This is Sarah Powers, the Eastern Watercraft Steward Program (WSP) Coordinator for the 2017 season, SUNY Cortland (B.S., 2014) and SUNY ESF (M.S., 2017) graduate. I wanted to update you all on the Watercraft Steward Program so far. All of the Stewards have been working hard in the battle against Aquatic […]

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Asian Clam Finding in Wisconsin Lake Provides Opportunity to Promote Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers Prevention Behaviors

A new invasive species was found in Stratton Lake this summer – the Asian clam.  Asian clams (Corbicula fluminea) are a prohibited species in Wisconsin meaning there are only a few “pioneer populations.” On Aug. 5, Wisconsin held its statewide Snapshot Day. Volunteers checked public access points on lakes and rivers throughout Wisconsin for aquatic invasive […]

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Texas Parks & Wildlife – Featured Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers Partner

Fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants that are not native to Texas may compete with native animals and plants for food and space. Introduced species often lack natural enemies or competitors in their new environment, and may multiply and spread at an alarming rate, inteferring with boat traffic, affecting water quality, and causing a range of […]

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Wisconsin Community Finds that the Best Means of Prevention is Following the Clean Boats, Clean Waters Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers steps

A new invasive species was found in Stratton Lake this summer – the Asian clam.  Asian clams (Corbicula fluminea) are a prohibited species in Wisconsin meaning there are only a few “pioneer populations.” On Aug. 5, Wisconsin held its statewide Snapshot Day.  Volunteers checked public access points on lakes and rivers throughout Wisconsin for aquatic invasive […]

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Izaak Walton League of America – Featured Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker Partner

Invasive plants, animals, and other organisms have made their way into waters across the United States. These non-natives can dominate aquatic ecosystems, wiping out native plants and wildlife, because they have no native predators. They can also damage boat engines and steering equipment, make lakes and rivers unusable by boaters and swimmers, and dramatically increase […]

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Manitou Pontoon Boats – Featured Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers Partner

Ever wander into a lake only to be greeted by the sharp edge of a Zebra Mussel? We’re not surprised. If you live near a natural body of water, you are probably very familiar with this type of invasive species. Not only are these widespread and pesky creatures annoying for boaters, unsuspecting barefoot beach-goers, and […]

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Preventing Aquatic Nuisance Species in Colorado

Aquatic nuisance species (ANS) pose a significant threat to Colorado’s waterways.  These species can cause considerable damage to water infrastructure, lakes, rivers, and wildlife. As anglers, it is important for us to recognize that the “Clean, Drain, and Dry” slogan doesn’t just apply to speedboats and Skidoos. We spend considerable time in and near bodies of […]

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‘Very Troubling’ – Quagga Mussels Found at Colorado’s Green Mountain Reservoir in Silverthorne

A mussel that can cause severe environmental damage is causing issues for boaters in Colorado. The quagga mussel revealed itself in mid-August at Green Mountain Reservoir north of Silverthorne. Monitoring conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation found the creature’s larvae there and officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife called the discovery “very troubling.”  Click on the following two sentences to […]

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Zebra Mussel Incident at Nebraska Fishing Tournament is reminder to clean equipment

A recent incident at central Nebraska’s Calamus Reservoir is a reminder for all water users — especially boaters — to clean, drain and dry their equipment after every use. A catfish tournament at Calamus attracted anglers from several states. A Nebraska Game and Parks Commission aquatic invasive species technician inspected the boat of a nonresident […]

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Clean, Drain, Dry and Dispose to Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

The fight against aquatic invasive species continues to advance in and around Beltrami County. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hosted a volunteer training Friday at the Beltrami County Administration building and Beltrami County Environmental Services opened a decontamination station at what DNR officials call the “tree shack” near Target in Bemidji.  Click on the […]

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