Watercraft Inspection Webinar Series

New York Sea Grant is hosting a webinar series on the logistics of starting and managing the watercraft inspection component of a water-based stewardship program. Registration is required for each of the WebEx-based individual webinar sessions at

The Fall 2015 Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Webinar Series schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 29, 9:30am to 10:30am
--Identification, Impact, Prevention & Control of Aquatic Invasive Species with Megan Pistolese, St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

Thursday, November 5, 9:00am to 10:30am
--How to Start a Watercraft Inspection Program with Brittney Rogers, New York Sea Grant Extension
--Standardized Watercraft Inspection Data Collection with Eric Holmlund, Paul Smith’s Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program

Thursday, November 12, 9:00am to 10:30am
--Current Watercraft Inspection Program Models: Staffing Structures & Funding Mechanisms Panel:
Adirondack Region: Eric Holmlund, Paul Smith’s Watershed Steward Program
Conesus Lake: Louie Bo Freeman, Livingston Cornell Cooperative Extension
Lake George: Dave Wick, Lake George Park Commission
New York State Parks: Patty Wakefield and Megan Phillips, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Friday, November 20, 9:00am to 10:30am
--What Anglers and Boaters Know & Still Need to Hear About Aquatic Invasive Species with Nancy Connelly, Cornell University Natural Resources Department
--Watercraft Inspection Legislation and Regulations: A Facilitated Discussion with David G. White, New York Sea Grant Extension.

For more information or assistance, contact New York Sea Grant Extension at 315.331.8415.

New York Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Through its statewide network of integrated research and educational services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971. For updates on New York Sea Grant activities, has RSS, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links.

Lake News OCT 9th

23rd Western Regional Conference October 21, 2017

Join us on Silver Lake in Wyoming County.  The gathering includes a buffet style lunch and great talks. TO REGISTER:  GO TO THE EVENTS TAB AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.  AND SCROLL DOWN TO REGIONAL CONFERENCES.  

The deadline for registration will be Oct 12th, 2017.


1. Panel Discussion - Faculty and staff  from SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, the University of  Buffalo, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) will discuss ways that lake associations can use college programs and expertise  more effectively.

2. Dr. Joseph Atkinson, Chair , Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Buffalo will talk about ongoing research on harmful algal blooms in Sodus Bay, Lake Ontario.

3. Doug Conroe, Chautauqua Lake Association, talks about collaborative efforts with academic institutions..

4. Meg Wilkinson, Invasive Species Database Program Coordinator, NY Natural Heritage Program, shows how to use the IMAP Invasive System smartphone app. Assisting her in the “show and tell “ program will be students from  the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and the RIT. 


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