NH Lakes Group Vows to Fight Invasive Species
March 10, 2015
The New Hampshire Lakes Association (NHLA) is vowing to expand its efforts to educate boaters about the threats posed by aquatic invasive species, such as milfoil and zebra mussels. The group has teamed with the state’s Departments of Environmental Services, Fish & Game and Safety to develop outreach materials that will be provided to boaters and fishermen participating in permitted events (tournaments, regattas, parades, etc.), encouraging these boaters to clean, drain and dry their boats after hauling out to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
In addition, the agencies are working to provide information to the public about the location and timing of upcoming on-water events. This could help so-called “Lake Hosts”—members of the NHLA who represent various waterbodies—meet these groups at their ramps and educate them on the cleaning of their vessels.
“The message that we want to convey to every boater is that they need to clean, drain and dry their boat, trailer and gear when moving between waterbodies in order to prevent the spread of AIS,” said the NHLA in a recent newsletter. “We know that more people are doing this every year, and that by reaching boaters participating in regattas, fishing tournaments and the like, we will tighten our defenses against the further spread of AIS. For most people, they just need to get the message.”