Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy Vermont’s lakes and ponds and we are fortunate in this state to have many public boat accesses to do so. If you’ve visited one of Vermont’s public boat accesses this summer, you may have interacted with a boat access aquatic invasive species greeter. Greeters educate, offer to inspect boats and associated equipment to prevent aquatic invasive species introductions.
This year, greeters are distributing yellow, foam key chains to boaters to promote aquatic invasive species spread prevention and to show appreciation for taking the time to allow their equipment to be inspected for invasive species. Invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels can easily hitch a ride on boats and other water gear. The key chains also have the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species website – via website address or QR code.
Website visitors are greeted with a simple four-question survey along with a brief “Check, Drain, Dry” spread prevention message. A panel consisting of representatives from Northeast member states (including Vermont) and Canadian provinces will use the survey results to improve aquatic invasive species messaging in the region. Visit http://www.northeastans.org/keychain.html and share your aquatic invasive species knowledge. Look for survey results in Fall 2014.