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Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species…will you be ready?

20150427STOPAquatichitchhickersAquatic invasive species (AIS) continue to be a great concern in Vermont, demanding our attention as well as our resources. Vermont public access greeters educate lake visitors about invasive species, provide courtesy watercraft inspections and STOP introductions.

2014 marked the Public Access Greeter Program’s 13th year. Through 24 locally-run programs throughout Vermont, public access greeters greeted and educated 18,274 visitors about AIS and spread prevention techniques, sharing the Clean, Drain, Dry! message. Greeters recorded and removed 622 organisms from inspecting 17,484 watercraft. The cumulative number of watercraft inspected by greeters through the history of the program is over 91,000.

During inspections performed in 2014, a total of 622 watercraft were intercepted with aquatic plant material or animals. Of those intercepts, 359 instances were Eurasian watermilfoil and 2 were zebra mussels. These highly invasive species are a threat to the ecological, recreational, and economic health of our lakes and ponds.

Many Vermont lakes may still be covered with ice but the 2015 boating season is fast approaching. Will you be ready to help stop the spread of AIS? Please join Vermont Lakes Program staff at one of three free workshops offered in 2015 to train public access greeters. Anyone interested in learning more about how to prevent the spread of AIS is also welcome.

  • Friday, May 8, 2015 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    • National Life Storage Annex, 190 Junction Road, Berlin
  • Friday, May 22, 2015 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    • Westmore Community Church’s Fellowship Hall, 27 Hinton Hill Road, Westmore
    • Hosted by the Westmore Association
  • Saturday, June 6, 2015 9 AM – 12 PM

Contact Josh Mulhollem at josh.mulhollem@state.vt.us or (802) 490-6121 for details and to register. All public access greeter training workshops and workshop materials are free.