Launching Your Boat Near Adirondack Park? DEC Needs to Inspect it First!
If you are planning on launching your boat, jet ski, or any other watercraft, near Adirondack Park, you will have to have the Department of Environmental Conservation Inspectors look it over first.
Why Are Boat Inspections Being Done?
There is a huge threat of invasive species in New York waterways. Just this past week, new state law is in effect that requires motorized watercraft operators to have a certification that their boats, jet skis, and other watercraft are free from invasive species before they enter a body of water in or near Adirondack Park.
Which Invasive Species Are The DEC Looking For?
There has been an increase in awareness of invasive species in New York waterways. They include zebra muscles, spiny water flea, Eurasian water milfoil, and other plants and organisms. To see the full list, click HERE. Some of these invasive species cal clog drain pipes, contaminate beaches, and create plant blooms according to the Times Union.
What Is Required of Motorized Watercraft Operators to be Certified?
You can get certified at one of the inspection stations that are near the lakes and rivers in and around Adirondack Park. You can also self-certify by logging onto the DEC's website and following the "Clean, Drain, Dry" protocol at home and then claim it on the DEC site.
Together We Can Keep Our Lakes and Rivers Clear of Invasive Species
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said:
Aquatic invasive species like hydrilla, the round goby fish, and zebra mussels are detrimental to the health of our lakes and rivers. Our boat stewards are on the front lines, protecting our waters from invasive pests on boats and gear, and last year successfully intercepted more than 14,000 plants and animals that could have started new infestations. To protect pristine water bodies in the Adirondacks, all motorized watercraft operators are now required to obtain Clean, Drain, Dry certification before they launch.