Invasive Species

Only You Can Prevent The Spread of Invasives.  Remember :

 Check, Drain, Dry!

Invasive species can travel by many paths from one lake to another, but one of the most frequent ways for them to travel is to hitchhike with humans - who might not even be aware they are spreading these species.  There seem to be more and more nasty invaders.  Most people have heard of the threats from zebra mussels and Eurasian water milfoil.  But there are more all the time To name just a few:  Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia or VHS is a virus spreading from the Great Lakes that has caused massive fish kills in New York State.  Water chestnut, a very aggressive invasive plant, has spread along significant stretches of the Hudson River.  Didymo, an invasive algae, is found in many nearby fishing streams. Asian clams have recently been found in Lake George.

So please, if you take boats, fishing gear, or kids’ toys from one body of water to another, please take precautions.   The basic steps are check, clean, and dry.  Check all the equipment to ensure that there are no plant pieces, mussel larvae, eggs, algae, or mud.  Then clean your boats and gear.  Dry completely for at least 5 days. More information follows.


Inspect carefully and remove any plant parts, mud, juvenile mussels, and algae from all gear and equipment, and leave it all at the original site.  Never carry water or wet gear or equipment from another lake into another lake.   Don’t bring bait buckets from other lakes to your lake.


Disinfection measures must be taken BEFORE moving boats, equipment and other gear from one water body to another. After cleaning, they still must be completely dried.

Clean your boat, anchors, equipment, and gear.

  • Clean at a car wash with soap and high pressure, or
  • Steam clean by washing with ~212º F water, or
  • Disinfect with 1 Tablespoon per gallon of chlorine bleach for 10-minute contact time, or
  • Spray from a bottle with Lysol solution or Formula 409 or Fantastic – give plenty of contact time. 


After cleaning, leave the equipment or boats in the open for at least 5 days without rain or heavy dew. The goal is to ensure that all the wet equipment dries out and remains completely dry for at least 2 days before contact or use in any other waterway.  Equipment and gear can also be placed in a freezer until all moisture is frozen solid.

Don't dump aquariums into the lakes:

Plants, fish, crabs, snails, and other organisms that are in fish tanks can cause environmental disruption.  Dispose of unwanted aquarium material in the trash, not in the lakes.

Keep water gardens and fish ponds native:

It's very hard to keep ponds from overflowing during some of our downpours.  If you only use native plants, any overflows won't add additional threats to the ecology of our lakes.


New York Invasive Species Clearing House

The New York Invasive Species Information Website - NYIS.INFO and its host, the New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse, [jointly referred to as NYIS.INFO] were founded in October 2008. NYIS.INFO is funded with New York State Environmental Protection Fund resources through a contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. NYIS.INFO was established in response to Recommendation 5 of the November 2005 report of the New York State Invasive Species Task Force to the Governor and Legislature. The Task Force recommended that the State should integrate invasive species databases and information clearinghouses. This resulted in the creation of the Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is authorized and overseen by the New York State Invasive Species Council, which is co-chaired by the New York State Departments ofEnvironmental Conservation and Agriculture and Markets. For more information on who we are, please refer to our Aboutpage. More information on New York State's invasive species program can be found on our State and Federal Activities tab under NYS Invasive Species Policies.

Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel 

For more information, log onto: the website of the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel. The Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species (NEANS) Panel was established in 2001, the fourth regional panel to be established under the auspices of the federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF), following the Great Lakes, Western Regional, and Gulf of Mexico Panels.
The NEANS Panel addresses issues and concerns relative to the freshwater and marine resources of its member states. The Panel's members represent state, provincial, and federal governments; academia; commercial and recreational fishing interests; recreational boaters; commercial shipping; power and water utilities; environmental organizations; aquaculture; nursery and aquarium trades; tribal concerns; lake associations; and the bait industry.
The NEANS Communications, Education, and Outreach (CEO) working committee created the Online Guide web site.  The CEO committee's mission is to provide information and develop educational tools about invasive species and their management, for our members and the public.

 NYSFOLA Board member Bill Harman represents our members on this panel.


Online Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species in the Northeast: 

You can find an online guide to Aquatic Invasive Species in the Northeast.



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