Take a Minute. Save a Million.

By: Josh Neff – Eastern Regional Coordinator, FLI Watercraft Steward Program As the temperature rises heading into the “dog days” of summer, so is the activity at boat launches across the Finger Lakes region. Boat launches are a known hot spot for introductions of invasive species due to the overland dispersal of “hitchhikers” or fragments…

Watercraft Stewards on Honeoye Lake, 2018

By: Sam Beck-Andersen, Watercraft Steward Program Manager  With a constant stream of boaters coming to the Honeoye Lake State Marine Park, the Finger Lake Institute’s (FLI) Watercraft Steward Program, along with other regional steward efforts remains an important mainstay in managing the spread of invasive species in Honeoye and other regional waterbodies. During the summer…

It’s Got to Go Somewhere – AIS Disposal Stations in the Finger Lakes Region

By: Sam Beck-Andersen – Watercraft Steward Program Manager Invasive Species Disposal Stations serve a number of purposes in the fight against the spread of aquatic invasive species. By utilizing strategic placement at high-priority boat launches, as well as strategic placement within those boat launches, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Disposal Stations can increase involvement of launch-users…

Education is Key

Education is Key: The Start of a New Watercraft Steward Season By: Shanty Hawke, Watercraft Steward Program Coordinator What is a watercraft steward? For those who don’t know, watercraft stewards are stationed at boat launches throughout the region to provide education on preventing the spread or introduction of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The main goal…

Watercraft Stewards Battle Water Chestnut!

Watercraft Stewards Battle Water Chestnut! In the month of July, our Stewards have been working hard at removing Water Chestnut around the Finger Lakes Region and Central; NY. Water Chestnut is a fast-growing floating annual plant with rosettes that float above the water. The chestnuts are found underneath the rosettes and have barbs that can…