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Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species, one boat inspection at a time

Cumulative sum of boats inspected by Greeter Programs since 2002

Cumulative sum of boats inspected by Greeter Programs since 2002

2013 marked the Vermont Boat Access Greeter Program’s 12th year of courtesy boat inspections. Through 23 locally-run programs throughout Vermont, access greeters inspected nearly 15,000 boats, bringing the cumulative number of boats inspected by greeters through the history of the program to 73,572.

Boat access greeters help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) by visually inspecting boats and associated equipment to locate and remove any plant material or animals. Greeters also educate water users on the importance of AIS spread prevention and on Vermont’s spread prevention laws.

During inspections performed in 2013, a total of 341 boats were intercepted with aquatic plant material or animals. Of those intercepts, Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) was removed from 253 boats. This highly invasive species is a threat to the ecological, recreational, and economic health of our lakes and ponds; all it takes is just one small piece to start a new infestation elsewhere. Thank you to all of the greeters who have worked to protect our lakes and ponds from harmful AIS.

The 2014 boating season is fast approaching! Will you be ready to help stop the spread of AIS? Please join Vermont Aquatic Invasive Species Program staff at one of four workshops being offered in May to train boat access greeters and anyone interested in learning more about how to prevent the spread of AIS.

Registration is required. Contact Misha Cetner at misha.cetner@state.vt.us or (802) 490-6121 to register. All workshops are provided at no cost to participants!

Friday, May 9th, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM – Capitol City Grange Hall: 6612 Vermont 12, Berlin, VT 05602

Saturday, May 17th, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM – Hubbardton Town Hall: 1831 Monument Hill Rd, Castleton, VT 05735

Friday, May 23rd, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM – Glover Town Hall: 3018 Glover Rd (Vermont 16), Glover, VT 05839

Saturday, May 31st, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM – Marlboro College Graduate Center: 28 Vernon St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

A Greeter power washes a VTDEC boat after an inspection before launching into Shadow Lake (Glover)

A Greeter power washes a VTDEC boat after an inspection before launching into Shadow Lake (Glover)