DEC reminds water recreationists to clean, drain and dry watercraft and equipment to protect NYS waters from invasive species

As this year’s boating season kicks off, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Basil Seggos reminded water recreationists to do their part in protecting New York’s waters from aquatic invasive species (AIS) by remembering to clean, drain and dry watercraft and equipment. DEC anticipates more boaters will hit the water this season and, with them, an increased risk of introducing AIS to New York’s waters. To help protect New York’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, visit DEC’s website for more information on AIS and a step-by-step guide for ridding boats and equipment of AIS. A helpful PSA is also available on DEC’s YouTube page at

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