You can help stop the spread of invasive species in Hamilton County and beyond.
- Clean all mud, plants, and animals from your trailer, watercraft, seaplane, gear, clothes, shoes, and pets. Dispose of in the garbage or on dry land.
- Drain water from the livewell, bilge, motor, hull, and bait containers before leaving the launch.
- Dry boats, trailers, and gear for at least 5 days before launching into another water body. Recommended dry times are found on the 100th Meridian Initiative website.
- Visit a boat inspection and decontamination station and have your watercraft checked for invasives and washed by a steward of the Paul Smith's Adirondack Watershed Institute.
- Do not release live bait into water bodies.
- Do not release former aquarium pets or plants into the wild.
- Plant natives plants, not invasives.
- Don't move firewood. Green firewood may contain invasive insects. Burn the wood where you buy it.
- Monitor and manage invasives on your property or in your lake.
- Survey for invasive species.
- Report invasive species to your Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District.
- Schedule an invasive species presentation for your organization or class. Presentations may be geared for any age group and can include an outdoor lab.
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