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…

The Data Is Flowing

It has now been three weeks since the official launch of the Finger Lakes Institute Watercraft Steward Program and operations have been successful, even through the highly boat-trafficked Memorial Day weekend! From the program’s start date of May 24th to the final day of Memorial Day weekend, May 28th, eight stewards were dispatched to eight…

Give it a Pull!

In addition to the Finger Lakes Institute Watercraft Steward Program, there are other types of invasive species control programs that are currently generating an important venue for more widespread management. A nearby example is Montezuma’s MARSH program. The best part of MARSH, the Montezuma Alliance for the Restoration of Species and Habitats, is that anyone…

Invasives Making Headlines

The Finger Lakes Institute’s Watercraft Steward Program is just the beginning of what the Finger Lakes Times May 29 (pg. 5A) article describes as “a comprehensive, multi-year strategy to combat the plant’s [hydrilla’s] presence.” The spread of hydrilla, as well as other aquatic invasive species, is an issue that everyone has a stake in; environmentalist…

Intense Training for Watercraft Stewards

by Sarah DePillo, William Smith ’14 and Watercraft Steward Program Assistant This week kicked off the start of the Finger Lakes Institute Watercraft Steward Program. The eleven Watercraft Stewards arrived in Geneva to begin their week-long training, and are now prepared to begin with their positions which will locate them throughout the Finger Lakes Region…

Watercraft Stewards on Lake Ontario and Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (FLI) has been awarded funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to coordinate and manage the Finger Lakes Region Aquatic Invertebrate Assessment and Invasive Species Prevention Project in partnership with Cayuga County beginning in May 2012. The project will determine which invasive invertebrates  and zooplankton…