Motorboats in the Adirondacks waterways must now be inspected for invasive species

As invasive species continue to threaten New York’s waterways, a new state law, effective Wednesday, requires personal watercraft operators to certify their vessels as free of invasive species before entering the water in or near Adirondack Park.

Boaters can obtain certification at one of the inspection stations located near lakes and rivers in the region. Or they can self-certify by following the “Clean, Empty, Dry” regimen at home and attest to it on the DEC website.

The new law applies to bodies of water within the Adirondack Forest Preserve and within 10 miles of the blue line which is the boundary of the reservation.

The certification act represents an improvement in the control of invasive species such as zebra mussels, spiny water flea, Eurasian watermilfoil and other creatures and plants.

This flora and fauna, not native to the Adirondacks, were brought to local waters on boats that traveled elsewhere. Some of the species create aquatic havoc, clogging drain pipes, fouling beaches and causing overgrowth of plants.

Until now, inspection stations at popular boat launches, including those at Lake George, have been responsible for protecting boats from invasions.

But the new law should better ensure that anyone who enters Adirondack waters with motorboats has their vessels inspected. This is because people who do not go to inspection stations are supposed to self-certify their boats.

“Aquatic invasive species like hydrilla, round goby fish and zebra mussels are detrimental to the health of our lakes and rivers,” said state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. , in a prepared press release.

“Our stewards are on the front line, protecting our waters from invasive pests on boats and gear, and last year they successfully intercepted over 14,000 plants and animals that could have started new infestations. pristine bodies of water in the Adirondacks, all personal watercraft riders are now required to obtain Clean, Drain, Dry certification before launching.

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