Oct 15, 2014

New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook Now Available

New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook Now Available to Start New Programs, Standardize Training

Ithaca/Oswego, NY. October 14, 2014.   New York Sea Grant Extension and the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Program have published a New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook. The 81-page, illustrated guide is the standardized model for starting new community or agency-based watercraft inspection programs and includes a Watercraft Inspection Steward Training and Field Guide section.

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Click here to go to the Handbook on NYIS.INFO

Oct 1, 2014

Quirion Takes Reins at Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

Brendan Quirion Takes Reins at Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

Brendan Quirion has taken the reins in Septemberas the new Program Coordinator for the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP PRISM), one of NY State's eight PRISMs (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management). The change took place with the departure of former Director Hilary Smith, as she accepted a new position working on invasive species issues with the US Department of Interior in Washington, DC.

Brendan began working on invasive species issues in the Adirondacks in 2008 when he worked as a summer intern for the New York State Department of Transportation mapping priority state routes within the Park for invasive plant infestations. Brendan joined the APIPP team in 2010 as the Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator and was promoted to Program Coordinator September 2014.  He coordinates regional invasive species action for the PRISM, builds partnerships, facilitates community based approaches, and fosters innovative solutions for prevention and management.

Brendan received a Bachelor’s of Technology in Wildlife Management from the State University of New York at Cobleskill.

Contact:  bquirion@TNC.ORG

Sep 19, 2014

Lake Champlain Spiny Water Flea Spread Prevention    

Lake Champlain Basin Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response Task Force Recommendation for Spiny Water Flea in Lake Champlain

Grand Isle, VT – The Lake Champlain Basin Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response Task Force has determined that eradication of spiny water flea in Lake Champlain is not technically feasible. Spread prevention measures should be implemented as soon as possible.

The Rapid Response Task Force reviewed the technical feasibility of preventing the spiny water flea from spreading from Lake Champlain to other inland water bodies.  There are no known methods to eradicate spiny water flea once they have been detected in a water body.  Initial sampling has confirmed its presence at multiple lake stations in the Main Lake segment of Lake Champlain. In 2012, spiny water flea was discovered in both the Champlain Canal and Lake George.  Spiny water fleas have been detected in the southern Adirondacks in Great Sacandaga Lake (2008), Peck Lake (2009), and Stewarts Bridge Reservoir and Sacandaga Lake (2010).  This summer they were detected in Lakes Piseco and Pleasant (2014).  It is unknown how the spiny water flea entered Lake Champlain and these other waters.

The Task Force’s Spread Prevention Recommendations include:

Continue to promote the “Clean, Drain, and Dry” message to all users of Lake Champlain to prevent the transport of spiny water flea and other aquatic invasive species to other water bodies.  Research indicates drying is the most effective way to kill all life stages of the spiny water flea.  In addition to cleaning and draining boats of all water, the Task Force recommends drying boats, fishing line, equipment, and anchor lines, etc. for five days.  If users move to another body of water within five days, they should spray/rinse the hull and other external areas or recreational equipment with high pressure (2500 psi) hot water (140°F for 10 seconds).
Although Lake Champlain itself has too many access points to have decontamination stations at every launch, all water bodies containing small­-bodied organisms in the region should be identified to inform the strategic placement of boat wash and decontamination stations.
Continue and increase sampling for spiny water flea through the Lake Champlain Basin Program Long-term Biological Monitoring Program.
Post signs alerting Lake Champlain users to the presence of spiny water flea in Lake Champlain and provide spread prevention recommendations to reduce the species spread.  Utilize the Cooperative Boat Wash Program to direct lake visitors to the nearest car wash that can accommodate trailered vessels: 
Explore the use of analytical models to help predict which lakes are most likely to support spiny water flea in the basin to target early detection resources.
Conduct early detection sampling in lakes with habitat most suitable for spiny water flea colonization in the Lake Champlain Basin.


Click here for a copy of the Lake Champlain Cooperative Boat Wash Program & Map brochure


For further information, contact:

Meg Modley
Aquatic Invasive Species Management Coordinator
Lake Champlain Basin Program