Preliminary Summer 2012 Data Analysis

This summer I was given the incredible opportunity to work on the brand new Finger Lakes Institute Watercraft Steward Program which is an effort focused on preventing the spread and introduction of invasive species and educating the public on the issue throughout the Finger Lakes region and on Lake Ontario. My specific role in the…

Senator Gillibrand Targets Invasives

On August 9th, 2012, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Penn Yan, N.Y. to announce new legislation regarding invasive species which will greatly assist those who work daily to prevent the introduction, spread, and establishment of invasive species into our delicate ecosystems. Representatives from the Finger Lakes Institute’s Watercraft Steward Program were present for the speech,…

WSP Featured in Democrat and Chronicle

The Finger Lakes Institute Watercraft Steward Program was recently featured in the Democrat and Chronicle; on the front page! The July 4th, 2012 article by Steve Orr highlighted many aspects of our invasive species monitoring program by describing a typical boat inspection, introducing a few of the stewards and their locations, and interviewing an actual…

Invasive Species Education Targets Children

My name is Alessandro Valle, and I am one of the FLI Watercraft Stewards. Recently, I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Kids’ Fishing Day which took place June 23 on Oak Island in Waterloo, NY,  sponsored by the Finger Lakes Conservation Club. In order to provide more information to the community about what our…

All At A Launch

Daniel Munsell is a senior at Wells College studying Environmental Studies with a concentration in Value and Policy. He has been a Finger Lakes Institute Steward on Cayuga Lake since May 2012. My last two weeks stationed at Allan H. Treman Marine Park have been interesting and a great experience.  As a Watercraft Steward, I…

Stewards Keep Eye Out for Algal Blooms

With Sodus Bay being one of three target boat launch sites on Lake Ontario for the Finger Lakes Institute Watercraft Steward Program, the very current and serious issue of toxic algal blooms will be given close attention.  The harmful algal blooms that are spreading throughout Sodus Bay are a prime example of human created lake…