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New NY Boating Regulations

Fighting the invasive species in New York’s Finger Lakes is high on lawmakers priority list.

New NY Boating Regulations
June 6, 2014
 
SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) --  Fighting the invasive species in New York's Finger Lakes is high on lawmakers priority list.
     On Thursday the State Department of Environmental Conservation adopted new tough  regulations. They require boaters to remove all visible plant and animal materials from boats, trailers and equipment.
     Boater must also drain boats prior to launching from DEC lands. It's all part of an effort to sop invasive species like hydrilla in New York water bodies. 
     Boaters should take the following steps to ensure that their boat, trailer and equipment are free of aquatic invasive species:
  • Visually inspect the boat, trailer and other fishing and boating equipment and remove all mud, plants and other organisms that might be clinging to it.  Materials should be disposed of in one of the Nuisance Invasive Species Disposal Stations installed at many DEC boat launches, in the trash or at an upland location away from the launch ramp.
  • Drain the boat’s bilge and any other water holding compartments such as live wells, bait wells and bilge tanks.  This does not apply to water associated with sanitary systems or drinking water supplies.

     The new regulations are available at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.