Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin

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Chapter 7: Managing Aquatic Invasive Plants and Animals

Action:

Prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species into the Lake Champlain Basin.

Task

Support boat launch steward programs at high-use access sites on Lake Champlain and other inland lakes and rivers through funding and training. Expand boat launch steward programs by 50 percent by 2014 in the Lake Champlain Basin.

  • Task ID #: 7.1.1
  • Lead Partners: LCBP

Task Comments

  • Date Posted: 09/17/12
  • Update Relevancy: 05/12 - 09/12
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Lake Champlain
  • Jurisdiction: NY/VT

The 2012 Boat Launch Steward Program season is still underway. Three stewards in VT and four stewards in NY worked from Memorial to Labor Day weekend at various launches around Lake Champlain including Point Au Roche, Wilcox, Plattsburgh, Peru, Westport, Port Kent, Ticonderoga, and South Bay in NY and South Hero, Malletts Bay, and Shelburne in VT. Boat launch steward data collected during the season is under review. Lake Champlain stewards also covered a number of fishing tournaments and educational events to share information about aquatic invasive species spread prevention and they assisted the Lake Champlain Committee by collected blue green algae samples at their launches to enhance monitoring efforts. The Paul Smiths College Adirondack Watershed Stewardship Program and Lake George Steward Programs have also been successful this year with support from the LCBP local implementation grants. Rainbow Lake Association and Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association also received LCBP local grant support for stewardship in the 2012 summer season.

  • Date Posted: 10/11/11
  • Update Relevancy: 06/11 - 10/11
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Lake Champlain
  • Jurisdiction: NY/VT

The fifth year of the Lake Champlain Boat Launch Steward Program on Lake Champlain began in the middle of June and ran through Labor Day 2011. Two stewards were stationed in Vermont covering the Mallets Bay, St. Albans, and Swanton Department of Fish and Wildlife boat launches. Four stewards were stationed in New York at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Point Au Roche State Park, Peru, and Ticonderoga boat launches. The City of Plattsburgh and Wilcox dock received steward coverage as well. 2011 marked the first year that Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) were required for all boat launch steward programs and grant awards.
LCBP also supported seven additional lake and river steward programs to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) through the FY10 Great Lakes Fishery Commission Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants program with funding secured by Senator Leahy. One award was made to the Ausable River Association for a river steward to education users on the Ausable and Saranac Rivers about AIS. Three lake boat launch steward programs were supported in VT on Echo Lake, Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake, and Lake Eden. Three organizations in NY were also supported for boat launch steward programs on Lake George and Rainbow Lake, and support for two stewards was provided to Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Stewardship Program that places stewards on various Adirondack lakes for AIS protection and boat inspections.

  • Date Posted: 02/18/11
  • Update Relevancy: 02/11 - 05/11
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Lake Champlain
  • Jurisdiction: NY/VT

LCBP initiated a boat launch steward program on Lake Champlain in 2007, placing four stewards in NY and VT on high-use boat access sites to Lake Champlain. In 2010, the Lake Champlain program grew to eight stewards, who work three days a week from Memorial to Labor Day weekend. Stewards greet users to Lake Champlain, offer aquatic invasive species (AIS) courtesy boat inspections, and survey boat users on the last body of water their vessel was in and if the visitors take any steps to clean their boats and equipment to prevent the spread of AIS. The Boat Launch Steward Program is modeled after the Paul Smiths College Adirondack Watershed Stewardship Program. Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Paul Smiths College stewards hold a joint training each year.

In 2009, eight Lake Champlain stewards talked to over 15,000 lake users, inspected 6,729 vessels, and intercepted 326 AIS on boats and equipment entering and leaving Lake Champlain. The 326 AIS intercepted represent 4.8% of the total number of vessels inspected.

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