Invasive Species Disposal Boxes serve a number of purposes in the fight against the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. Utilizing strategic placement at high-priority boat launches, as well as strategic placement within those boat launches, AIS Disposal Boxes can increase involvement of launch-users in preventing the spread of AIS.
An AIS Disposal Box is placed at a boat launch, and is intended to hold AIS that are found during watercraft inspections. Clearly identifying the purpose and goals of the boxes allows for reduced confusion for boaters faced with the question of “What do I do with AIS that I pull off of my boat?” These boxes are highly durable and weather-resistant, ensuring a long-lasting location for the public disposal of Aquatic Invasive Species.
The locations in the map above indicate a number of public and private boat launches in the Finger Lakes Region, and whether or not there are Invasive Species Disposal Stations present on the premises. If your goal is to choose your launch location based on the ability to properly dispose of AIS, whether you’re planning for a trip, or you’re looking to dispose of AIS found while away from a properly equipped launch, find a launch with a green marker and click for directions!
In the summer of 2018, FLI WSP staff put together four of these boxes and strategically placed them around our region. Click here to read more about that process!
New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation provides a number of different resources to help individuals looking to construct their – background information, construction plans, PDF files for appropriate signage, and links to other important AIS signage – Invasive Species Disposal Stations Info