It’s the law! Clean Boating in NYS

hydrilla-boatNew York’s new Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations – reasonable precautions for boaters prior to launch (Part 576) – took effect on May 25, 2016! The purpose of this regulation is to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. In order to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, reasonable precautions (such as removing visible plant or animal matter, washing, draining or drying boats/trailers/equipment) must be taken by persons launching watercraft or floating docks into public waterbodies.
To view the Express Terms of Part 576 regulations, check out the NYSDEC website:

DEC Announces Sixth Annual Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

eabResidents Urged to Become Aware of Emerald Ash Borer and Report Infestations to DEC

The Sixth Annual Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week is now underway, running from May 22 – May 28, 2016, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. In observance of EAB Awareness Week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a proclamation urging all New Yorkers to exercise environmental stewardship to protect trees from infestation that can be devastating to landscapes, habitats and forest product industries. State residents and visitors are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the emerald ash borer, how to prevent its spread and the destruction it causes to trees.

“EAB Awareness week is an opportunity to inform the public about the various means through which this invasive beetle is commonly spread and encourages them to join the fight against them by reporting any signs of infestation they witness,” Acting Commissioner Seggos said. “With the beginning of camping season in full swing it is important to remind travelers to New York State to use only local firewood. The spread of these insects, and other forest pests, has been dramatically increased through human transport.”

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Emerald Ash Borers have already destroyed millions of ash trees in New York and they will continue to be a serious threat unless we take action. During EAB Awareness week, I encourage everyone to take small steps to help prevent the spread of this invasive species and protect New York’s millions of ash trees.”

As part of EAB Awareness Week, DEC, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and volunteers will work to educate every county across the state about the invasive beetle and combat its spread. 


The emerald ash borer, first discovered in New York in 2009, is an invasive insect that kills all types of ash trees. Twenty-four counties in New York currently have infestations and state agencies are working diligently to stop the movement of beetles out of these areas in firewood and other wood products. Tens of millions of ash trees have been killed in the United States by the emerald ash borer and all of the hundreds of millions of ash trees in New York are at risk.

To help slow the spread of EAB, all citizens are asked not to move firewood and to look for and report the signs of the beetle on ash trees. Citizens should be aware of New York State’s firewood regulations, which restrict the movement of untreated firewood to 50 miles, and EAB quarantines, which prevent the spread of potentially infested materials.

DEC is continuing to pursue and promote a strategy called Slow Ash Mortality (SLAM) to slow the spread of EAB within the state and mitigate its devastating economic and environmental impacts. DEC’s SLAM strategy encompasses a variety of approaches including removing infested trees, defining and monitoring infestation boundaries more precisely, and researching insecticides and organisms that will kill the insect.

DEC conducts surveys to determine the extent of existing and new infestations and works with local communities to devise appropriate management responses. To report possible infestations, fill out the Emerald Ash Borer Survey Form. For more information, visit the DEC’s Emerald Ash Borer web page, or call DEC’s toll-free hotline at 1-866-640-0652.

Giant hogweed control program

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGiant hogweed is a federal noxious weed, a non-native invasive plant and public health hazard which can cause severe burns, permanent scarring and even blindness. These very large plants also threaten biodiversity by shading and outcompeting native plants and can lead to soil erosion alongslopes and riparian areas.

This year, 13 NYSDEC giant hogweed seasonal staff will be doing giant hogweed control throughout NY State using manual and chemical control methods. Control crews are based at DEC’s Avon, Allegany and Cortland offices and at the Montezuma Audubon Center; the hotline is located at DEC’s New Paltz office. Funding for 2014 is provided by New York State (Office of Invasive Species Coordination and EPF Fund) and US Forest Service.

Last year we controlled over 680,000 giant hogweed plants and monitored 251 sites that had no plants post-control. 23% of all known giant hogweed sites now have no plants post-control and 67% of all sites now have less than 100 plants; our control efforts are really making a difference! To learn more about our program*s 2013 accomplishments please view our annual report online

The public has already started to call us about giant hogweed. From mid-June through mid-July, when the plant grows tall and flowers bloom, we will get hundreds of inquiries. Please direct all giant hogweed inquiries that you receive to the NYSDEC Giant Hogweed Hotline or 845-256-3111. The hotline is a place for people to report new sites, get help identifying suspect giant hogweed plants, ask questions about the plant and how to control it, and connect with our statewide control project.

Another resource is our NYSDEC giant hogweed web page which provides information about
the plant, how to identify it, how to control it, a map of NY state sites, NYSDEC’s control project, and more.

If you notice giant hogweed while you are doing field work please send an email to with photos of the plant and its location. Visit our web site to learn how to identify giant hogweed. Please don’t touch the plant while taking photos.

DEC Updates Aquatic Invasive Management Plan

The Department of Environmental Conservation has updated the statewide management plan, the last  updates and  framework was 1993.

quaggaMany of the invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussel, spiny waterflea and round goby have come to the U.S. in the ballast water of oceangoing ships, with New York particularly vulnerable through the Great Lakes and canal system.

Acording to the NY DEC ; the  Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)  Management Plan is strategic rather than technical. That is, it proposes broad, general actions and priorities

The plan lists priority actions like expanding the network of stewards checking boats at launches, expanding use of disposal stations for removed species, expanding public awareness and establishing regional response teams.

To view the full plan visit

Invasive Species Awareness Week July 12 – 18, 2015!

ico_ISAW_stop-the-invasion-of-NYNew York State is celebrating its Second Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week
July 12 – 18, 2015!

Invasive species affect all New Yorkers – from hikers to highway personnel, from birders to boaters and from farmers to foresters.

The mission of the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species to help stop their spread by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state and encouraging them to take action.

Everyone is encouraged to attend and learn more about invasive species. During ISAW, you can volunteer to help remove invasive species, get out on the trails or on the water to see invasive species firsthand, attend presentations to learn more about what you can to do help fight these threats, and much more.

Watch for updates!


Maxwell Bay Water Chestnut Handpull Cancelled

weed-harvester-maxwell-bayMAXWELL BAY – IMPORTANT Due to low water the water chestnut hand pull scheduled for Maxwell Bay this weekend has been cancelled. Please share

Other water chestnut handpull events:

July 11th Sodus Bay: South of the Bay Bridge

July 18th Sodus Bay Wide





Aquatic Vegetative Control, Weed Harvesting

avcThe 2015 AVC program is underway. Please visit the AVC operational calendar to determine when the harvester will be in your area of the bay.

NY Invasive Species Poster available! FREE

The NY invasive species poster is still available at no charge (for either the poster or for shipping).

NY Invasive Species Calendar

The 24 inch by 36 inch full color poster presents a general introduction to the topic of invasive species in New York as well as showing a number of species of interest in the state.

The poster is available at no charge. Lots of ten or more will be shipped to agencies and organizations free of charge. Single or multiple copies less than ten to individuals are free but a shipping charge will be applied dependent upon the number of posters ordered.

To order posters, please send an e-mail to: with the word POSTER in the subject line. Be certain to give the name (and brief description) of your organization, shipping address, number of posters needed, and to whom they should be addressed. A telephone number would be appreciated.

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District
7312 RT 31 Lyons, NY 14489
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