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Boater Education/Inspection Program

Save The Lakes, working with the RI Department of Environmental Management, developed a program where volunteers help to distribute information about aquatic invasive plants (AIS) to boaters, while helping to inspect boats and trailers in order to prevent the movement of AIS from one lake to another. Designed to focus on intensive boating activities at popular boat ramps, Save The Lake volunteers piloted the initiative the weekend of October 15, 2011 at the Echo Lake (Pascoag Reservoir) state boat ramp during a fishing tournament. After hearing from several boaters that AIS were particularly bad at Wilson's Reservoir, the volunteers expanded their efforts to that lake as well.

Save The Lakes expanded the program in 2012, and continued it in 2013. The goal is to eventually have trained volunteers at all RI lakes with public boat launch ramps to share information and help boaters check their vessels. We are looking for financial support to help print manuals, flyers and t-shirts, and are always happy for additional volunteers (keep an eye on our events page for training dates in 2014)!

Below are some photos from various inspection events.

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2013 - making sure there aren't any 'hitch hikers".................................................. ..........................................and sharing information...........

The Problem .....................................................Modelling the t-shirt ..........................................and the back.............

Sharing information ........................................Our efforts were well received.........................This is what we hope to avoid!

 

 

 
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