Adirondack Park AIS Prevention Program
Aquatic Invasive Species(AIS) are serious threats to the Adirondack Park. These organisms are distributed outside of their indigenous range mostly through human activities and can become invasive in their new environments.

Boat Wash & Decontamination

Adirondack Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Program

The Adirondack Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Program, initiated on May 23, 2015, actively addresses the spread of aquatic invasive species and encourages regional stewardship through a combination of boater education and boat inspection & decontamination. The 2016 program is funded through the leadership of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, drawing on the resources set aside by the people of New York State in its Environmental Protection Fund. State agencies, lake associations, towns and villages, environmental organizations, The Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management and the Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Institute are working together to advance this exciting and innovative program.

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Preventing Invasive Species
Stewardship Program
Clean Drain Dry
  • CLEAN and remove all visible plants, animals, fish, and mud from your boat, trailer, or other equipment and dispose of in a suitable trash container or on dry land
  • DRAIN water from your bilge, live wells, ballast tanks, and any other locations with water before leaving the launch
  • DRY your boat, trailer, and all equipment completely
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The mission of the Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smith's College is to protect clean water, conserve habitat, and support the health and well-being of people in the Adirondacks through science, collaboration, and real world experiences for students.

Adirondack Watershed Institute
Paul Smith's College
P.O. Box 265, Paul Smiths, NY 12970-0244
Tel: 518-327-6213
Fax: 518-327-6369