Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species - Watercraft Inspection
Webinar Series

NY Sea Grant Watercraft Inspection Program Trainer Brittney Rogers shows boaters some aquatic debris taken from their boat trailer during a watercraft inspection education stop. Rogers has developed a Fall 2015 webinar series on the logistics of starting and managing the watercraft inspection component of a water-based stewardship program. Photo: NY Sea Grant

NY Sea Grant Hosts Watercraft Inspection Webinar Series


Newark, NY, October 16, 2015 - New York Sea Grant is hosting a webinar series on the logistics of starting and managing the watercraft inspection component of a water-based stewardship program.

Registration is required for each of the WebEx-based individual webinar sessions (click here).

The Fall 2015 Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Webinar Series schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 29, 9:30am to 10:30am


  • Identification, Impact, Prevention & Control of Aquatic Invasive Species with Megan Pistolese, St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management | Presentation (PDF)

Thursday, November 5, 9:00am to 10:30am

  • How to Start a Watercraft Inspection Program with Brittney Rogers, New York Sea Grant Extension | Presentation (PDF)

    - Watercraft Inspection/Boat Stewardship Program Checklist (PDF)
    - Potential Funding Resources for Lake Associations (PDF)
    - New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook (Click Here)

  • Standardized Watercraft Inspection Data Collection with Eric Holmlund, Paul Smith’s Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program | Presentation (PDF)

Thursday, November 12, 9:00am to 10:30am

Current Watercraft Inspection Program Models: Staffing Structures & Funding Mechanisms Panel:

  • Session Introduction: Brittney Rogers, New York Sea Grant Extension | Presentation (PDF)

  • Lake George: Dave Wick, Lake George Park Commission | Presentation (PDF)

  • NYS: Patty Wakefield and Megan Phillips, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation | Presentation (PDF)

  • Conesus Lake: Louie Bo Freeman, Livingston Cornell Cooperative Extension

  • Adirondack Region: Eric Holmlund, Paul Smith’s Watershed Steward Program

Friday, November 20, 9:00am to 10:30am

  • What Anglers and Boaters Know & Still Need to Hear About Aquatic Invasive Species with Nancy Connelly, Cornell University Natural Resources Department | Presentation (PDF)

Thursday, December 3, 9:00am to 10:30am

  • Watercraft Inspection Legislation and Regulations: A Facilitated Discussion with David G. White, New York Sea Grant Extension | Presentation (PDF)

    - NYS Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations Summary Rack Card (PDF)
    - 2015 FAQs about AIS Regulations (PDF)
    - New York State Parks Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations (Full Text) (PDF)

For more information or assistance, contact New York Sea Grant Extension at 315.331.8415.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices at SUNY Buffalo, the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark and at SUNY Oswego.

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