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…

Taking Watercraft Inspections to the Next Level – Decontamination at Conesus Lake

Taking Watercraft Inspections to the Next Level –  Decontamination at Conesus Lake By: Sarah Powers, Watercraft Steward Program Coordinator (Eastern FLX). Hello from Conesus Lake! This is Sarah Powers, the Eastern Watercraft Steward Program (WSP) Coordinator for the 2017 season, SUNY Cortland (B.S., 2014) and SUNY ESF (M.S., 2017) graduate. I wanted to update you…

The Beginning of the 2017 Steward Season

The Beginning of the 2017 Steward Season By: Evan Genay – Watercraft Steward Program Coordinator (Western FLX) Greetings readers! This is Evan Genay, Program Coordinator for the Finger Lake Institute’s Watercraft Steward Program, and Environmental Resources Engineering student at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The Finger Lakes Institute’s Watercraft Steward Program launched…

We are hiring for the 2017 season!

We are accepting applications for the 2017 Finger Lakes Watercraft Steward Program. More information can be found below and please contact Program Manager Sam Beck-Andersen if you have any questions. The Watercraft Stewards will be responsible for public outreach and education on slowing and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Under the supervision of Finger…

Stewards Pull Together Against AIS!

by Kirsten Goranowski, FLI Watercraft Steward Program Assistant The Finger Lakes Institute Watercraft Stewards got their hands a little dirty on Wednesday August 14th, at the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) in Savannah, NY. Located on Route 89, the Montezuma Audubon Center is a state-owned facility on 198 acres of land that is operated through an…