The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Transportation
(DOT) and Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today
announced that beginning this weekend, boat stewards will be deployed at nearly 200 locations
across the state as part of a collaborative program to prevent the introduction and spread of
aquatic invasive species (AIS).
"The boat steward partnership program provides a vital function in protecting New York's
waters and raising public awareness about aquatic invaders that could harm the health of our
rivers, lakes, and streams, as well as the fish and plants that inhabit them," said DEC
Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership and continued support
from the State's Environmental Protection Fund to fight invasive species, we are continuing to
educate the public about the dangers of these invasive species and protect our invaluable
natural resources and waters."
"Aquatic invasive species can ruin boating and fishing trips, reduce shoreline property
values and undermine the tourism industry," State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. "I
encourage boaters to learn and practice the simple steps they can take to help prevent invasive
species from spreading into New York State waters."