On March 10th, Governor Cuomo of New York signed an agreement aimed at preventing the introduction of invasive species and reducing their spread within the Adirondacks.   The MOU with 53 NY state agencies, municipalities, property owners, lake associations, conservation and sporting groups, and businesses outlines a regional approach focused on the ‘cleaned, drained, dry’ standard.   A white paper written by a group of spread prevention organizations, highlighting boat steward data collected on by a variety of groups including the Lake Champlain Basin Program Lake Stewards, was instrumental in moving this agreement forward.

You can find the white paper here – Boat Inspection and Decontamination for AIS Prevention Recommendations for the Adirondack Park Region.   It includes discussion of the most recent science, data from Adirondack boat steward activities and recommendations for best practices.

You can read the memo of understanding signed by Governor Cuomo here –  http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/aqinvasiveadkmou.pdf

AIS white paper