Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species
Aquatic invasive species, such as Eurasian watermilfoil, Asian clams, and zebra mussels, can be spread between waterbodies on boating and fishing equipment that has not been cleaned, drained, and dried. Help protect Lake George by following these guidelines. For more detailed decontamination procedures or instructions for specific vessel types, visit Protect Lake George.
After boating, before you leave the launch: Remove all visible plants, animals, fish, and mud from your boat, trailer, or other equipment and dispose of in a suitable trash container or on dry land. Don't transport any potential hitchhiker even back to your home. Remove and leave them at the site your visited.
After boating, before you leave the launch: Drain water from bilge, live wells, ballast tanks, and any other locations with water before leaving the launch. Invasive viruses, zooplankton, and juvenile zebra mussels and Asian clams can be transported in even just a drop of water.
Before you arrive at the launch to go boating: Dry your boat, trailer, and all equipment completely. Drying times vary depending on the weather and the type of material. At least five days of drying time is generally recommended during the summer. If you want to use your boat sooner, follow additional steps at protectlakegeorge.com to make sure it is decontaminated from any hitchhikers.
Boating and fishing equipment are not the only things that have the potential to spread invasive species.
- Leave firewood at home. Buy it within a 50-mile radius of your campsite. (Learn more about here)
- Burn all wood during your trip.
- Inspect clothing and equipment for seeds, insects, etc. before leaving your camping area.
Landowners and gardeners:
- Use native plant species whenever possible. (Learn more about native plants here)
- Be on the lookout for invasive species.
- Respond aggressively to rid your land of new invasive species.
- Leave native trees and plants alone; natural landscapes offer the best defense.
Hikers, bikers, ATV riders, and other recreational users:
Before you leave home:
- Make sure your belongings are free of mud and plant debris
- Pack cleaning tools and supplies for your trip (brush or broom, etc.)
Before you leave the trail or site:
- Inspect your pets, belongings, boots, and equipment; remove any mud or plant debris
- Dispose of plant debris and weed seeds in the trash
Aquarium / Pet Owners
- Don't release aquarium fish and plants or other exotic animals into the wild. If you plan to own an exotic pet, do your research and plan ahead to make sure you can commit to looking after it.
- Like to take your dog for a swim? Make sure to remove plants or animals or any debris that has collected on the dog’s coat before taking the dog home. At home, wash your dog with clean water and brush its coat.