NY to conduct boat inspections; reminds people to clean, drain boats to stop invasive species

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ALBANY, New York — State Environmental Conservation Police will be inspecting boats in the Adirondacks to ensure people are aware of new state regulations requiring that boats and trailers be clean and drained before launching on state lands.

The regulation is intended to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. It pertains to all Department of Environmental Conservation land where boats, kayaks or canoes can be launched into the water.

Inspections will occur May 16 and 17 at several state launch sites, including Great Sacandaga Lake, Lake Champlain, Indian Lake, Schroon Lake, and Upper Saranac Lake.

DEC says boaters should remove all mud, plants and other organisms from boats and trailers and drain the boat's bilge and any other water holding compartments. Drying or flushing with hot water is also advised.

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