Targeted response needed to hold back invasives: Report
There's still time to keep Adirondack waters safe from aquatic invasive species - but strategic action is needed in order to target particularly vulnerable bodies of water, a new report says.
The college's Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) helped prepare the report, "Boat Inspection and Decontamination for Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention: Recommendations for the Adirondack Region," along with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, Lake Champlain Basin Program and Lake George Association.
“Adirondack residents and resource managers have recognized the threat aquatic invasive species pose to individual waterways for decades and responded proactively on a site by site basis. Unfortunately, this is not enough,” said Dr. Eric Holmlund, co-author and director of the AWI's Watershed Stewardship Program. “We are beginning to understand the patterns of recreational use that connect Adirondack waterways in a web of shared exposure to invasives. It is a landscape-level system; we need a systematic, regional response. Our preliminary findings are an important step toward that goal,” said Holmlund.
The AWI will dispatch boat-inspection stewards to waterways throughout the Adirondacks again this summer as they try to teach boaters how to spot invasive hitchhikers and catch invasives before they enter or exit waters.