Jun 5, 2014

New NYS Regulations Target Aquatic Invasive Species

Boaters Using NYS DEC Lands to Launch Boats or Other Watercraft Are Now Required to Clean and Drain Boats Prior to Launch

As part of an aggressive effort to prevent invasive species from entering and damaging New York water bodies, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today [5 June 2014] adopted new regulations that require boaters to remove all visible plant and animal materials from boats, trailers and associated equipment, and to drain boats prior to launching from DEC lands.

The regulations, which are effective today [5 June 2014], pertain to all DEC boat launches, fishing access sites and other DEC lands where watercraft such as boats, kayak or canoes, can be launched into the water.

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Click to view  full text of the regulations on NYS DEC website

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