Stop the Spread

You can help stop the spread of invasive species in Hamilton County and beyond.  

  • Clean all mud, plants, and animals from your trailer, watercraft, seaplane, gear, clothes, shoes, and pets.  Dispose of in the garbage or on dry land. 
  • Drain water from the livewell, bilge, motor, hull, and bait containers before leaving the launch. 
  • Dry boats, trailers, and gear for at least 5 days before launching into another water body.  Recommended dry times are found on the 100th Meridian Initiative website.    
  • Visit a boat inspection and decontamination station and have your watercraft checked for invasives and washed by a steward of the Paul Smith's Adirondack Watershed Institute.
  • Do not release live bait into water bodies.
  • Do not release former aquarium pets or plants into the wild.
  • Plant natives plants, not invasives.
  • Don't move firewood.  Green firewood may contain invasive insects.  Burn the wood where you buy it.
  • Monitor and manage invasives on your property or in your lake.
  • Survey for invasive species.
  • Report invasive species to your Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District.
  • Schedule an invasive species presentation for your organization or class. Presentations may be geared for any age group and can include an outdoor lab.


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