Understanding the Data

Welcome to the Adirondack Watershed Institute Boat Inspection Database

This user interface combines data gathered by boat inspectors stationed across the Adirondacks from the period of 2000 to the present. It is crucial for users to note that the scope of the data we were able to gather over the years was not consistent, and followed available funding and emerging resource priorities. Generally speaking, the data since 2011 (the advent of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding) is the most comprehensive in terms of numbers of waterbodies with stewards present and the specificity with which we captured data regarding organisms removed from watercraft. The first several years of our program focused primarily on user education and removal of any visible organism from watercraft encountered at a small but growing number of boat launches. We did not quantify organisms removed during these early years. As the threat of aquatic invasive species became increasingly apparent, and as our program expertise developed, we gathered more and more specific data on the types of organisms removed. starting in 2005, we began tallying visible organisms removed. In 2008, we began identifying visible organisms removed by species. We have increased specificity in species identification each year.

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ADIRONDACK WATERSHED INSTITUTE

We are now filling positions for the 2017 boating season!  Watershed stewards, decontamination stewards, regional supervisors...

4/22/2017
City Recreation Center, Plattsburgh

AWI staff will be in Plattsburgh for the Discover Service and Earth Day Festival on April 22nd from 12-4pm.  Come talk to us...

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The mission of the Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smith's College is to create scientifically-sound knowledge about terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and human relationships with the environment, enhance the educational opportunities available for undergraduate students and to engage the Adirondack Community in ways that facilitate the stewardship of our natural resources.

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