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  • DEC Launches New Aquatic Invasive Species Requirement

    https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/125517.html

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced measures to prevent the further spread of aquatic invasive species in the Adirondacks. Recent changes to Environmental Conservation Law (leaves DEC's website) become effective on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, and require motorized boat users to obtain certification that they have inspected and removed potentially harmful aquatic invasive species before launching in waters in, and immediately adjacent to, the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

    "Aquatic invasive species like hydrilla, the round goby fish, and zebra mussels are detrimental to the health of our lakes and rivers," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Our boat stewards are on the front lines, protecting our waters from invasive pests on boats and gear, and last year successfully intercepted more than 14,000 plants and animals that could have started new infestations. To protect pristine waterbodies in the Adirondacks, all motorized watercraft operators are now required to obtain Clean, Drain, Dry certification before they launch."

    The new law requires all operators of motorized watercraft to obtain certification that they have cleaned, drained, and dried boats and equipment each time they launch into a new waterbody in the Adirondack Park and within 10 miles of the Blue Line (PDF). When an aquatic invasive species inspection station adjacent to a public waterbody is open for operation, watercraft operators can receive a watercraft inspection certificate from a boat steward by accepting a free boat inspection or decontamination. Alternately, boaters may follow Clean, Drain, Dry steps on their own and fill out a self-issued certificate (PDF) available on DEC's website before launching. Boat stewards will be stationed at popular boat launches across the Adirondack Park and can be identified by their blue vests.

    To learn more about the New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program, the new certification requirements, and where to find a boat steward, please visit DEC's website.

    To view a video message from Commissioner Seggos with Adirondack Watershed Institute boat stewards performing watercraft inspection and decontamination services and receiving a certification from a boat steward at DEC's Port Henry boat launch site, visit DEC's YouTube page.
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    And lungs are poisoned and shoulders bowed,
    In the smothering reek of mill and mine;
    And death stalks in on the struggling crowd?
    But he shuns the shadow of the oak and pine?
    ― George W. Sears Nessmuk, Woodcraft and Camping

  • #2
    I'm not sure why this doesn't apply to paddlers as well...seems to me that people who use small watercraft (row boats, canoes, kayaks, even float tubes) frequent shallow water areas and littoral zones a lot more than larger, motorized boats and have a much higher chance of encountering and picking up unwanted wetland and aquatic invasive plants. Also, since small watetcraft like canoes and kayaks are more mobile, the chances of quickly spreading gunk from one small pond to the next increases.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by St.Regis View Post
      I'm not sure why this doesn't apply to paddlers as well
      The principle certainly does apply. Self administered at this point in time. During the 90 mile canoe race there are spotters at the portages between watersheds checking inside and outside boats and shoes as racers run on by. I always tell the person that the boat immediately behind me swamped in the weeds and they are carrying a huge load of invasives. Better stop them for an extensive check of everything.
      "Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." -Walt Whitman

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      • #4
        Clean, drain dry as a "reasonable precaution" does apply to all watercraft, and all bodies of water in NY. See NY Env Con Law Section 9-1710
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        • #5
          Inspection stations around here are few and far between. With gas over $5 a gallon I honestly can't see people driving 20 miles and back to have this done. DEC is going to be busy this summer.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by adkman12986 View Post
            Inspection stations around here are few and far between. With gas over $5 a gallon I honestly can't see people driving 20 miles and back to have this done. DEC is going to be busy this summer.
            Probably why there is the option to DIY via the website

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BillyGr View Post
              Probably why there is the option to DIY via the website
              How many do you actually think they will do it?

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