Steamboat Landing at the Ithaca Farmers Market
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Boats near Cascadilla creek.

Boaters & Marina Owners

All types of watercraft have the potential to spread hydrilla including canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, personal watercraft and sail boats in and out of the water. Help stop the spread of this highly invasive aquatic plant species. Inspect all watercrafts and remove and destroy plant materials.

Boaters and marina owners are a key link in stopping the spread of hydrilla from infested areas to uninfested areas. It is essential that marina staff inform boaters of the precautions to be taken while boating. It is more important than ever to follow clean boating practices to ensure the protection of all waterbodies. Marina owners are encouraged to consider building a simple plant disposal station for any vegetation removed during the cleaning process. View the letter sent to marina owners  by New York State Department of Environmental Conversation (NYSDEC) Division of Water.

Precautions to stop the spread of hydrilla:

  • Boats should be cleaned before they go in the water and immediately after they are taken out. Remove all weeds, mud and other material by hand.
  • Boat trailers need to be carefully inspected, looking especially for material trapped between the boat and trailer, inside any open tubing on the trailers, around taillights and license plates.
  • Remove and dispose of all vegetation in a trash can, plant disposal station or above high water
  • Allow boats and trailers to fully air dry (5 days or more) so any hidden plants will completely dry out between boating in different bodies of water OR take boats to the nearest car wash for a good cleaning
  • Bilges, drop keels, live wells and anything else on the boats that can retain water should be drained, dried, and cleaned before moving to another water body.

For Marina Owners

  • Make sure all boaters understand the importance of clean boating practices.
  • Boat yards should set up silt curtains or hay bales, or something similar to let the water filter off while capturing any plant material, and to avoid draining directly back into water bodies.
  • If the boat yard is doing repairs and has to repeatedly put the boat in and out of the water, lifts and trailer equipment should be checked and cleaned each time it is used.
  • Consider building plant disposal stations and make sure your boaters know where they are and how to use them correctly.
  • Marina staff should participate in invasive species identification training sessions and make sure that all of their boaters are informed about the current hydrilla status.

Last updated July 26, 2019