Monday, February 26, 2018

APIPP: No New Aquatic Invasives Found In 2017

Adirondack lakes surveyed since 2002 and number of aquatic invasive species documented in each. For the first time in a decade, no new Adirondack lakes were reported to be infested by aquatic invasive species (AIS) by the Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP).

Nearly 75% of Adirondack lakes surveyed by APIPP for aquatic invasives were found to be invasive-free. 12 species were found to be present in interior lakes.

Since 2002, APIPP has deployed hundreds of volunteers to track the distribution of aquatic invasives in the region. With funding through New York’s Environmental Protection Fund, APIPP has more recently deployed professional rapid response teams to bolster lake surveillance and monitoring efforts. APIPP has produced a new map to showcase the results of surveys to date and the hopeful story for Adirondack lakes.

The Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) of Paul Smith’s College deploys hundreds of paid boat launch stewards and staffs dozens of free boat wash stations under the Adirondack AIS Prevention Program, making it easy for boaters to practice Clean, Drain, & Dry – the necessary steps to prevent the spread of AIS. In 2017, the program’s boat stewards inspected 97,412 watercraft and intercepted 3,849 AIS.

In 2015 an agreement was made among 53 New York State organizations to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS in the Adirondacks.

AIS are aquatic organisms, introduced to lakes and rivers outside their native range, that proliferate quickly and cause significant harm to the local environment and economy. AIS are often unintentionally moved from one lake to another on boats and their trailers. Some local examples of AIS include Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels and spiny waterflea.


The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program is a partnership program of the Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter. To learn more about APIPP, visit

Map: Adirondack Lakes Surveyed for AIS, provided by the Nature Conservancy.

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9 Responses

  1. Charlie S says:

    “AIS are often unintentionally moved from one lake to another on boats and their trailers.”

    I’m not a rocket scientist but it seems logical to me that if boats were not allowed on said lakes would it not mean there’d be less chance of an alien breaching it’s depths?

    • Paul says:

      Yes, in fact keeping all humans out of the Adirondacks would make it even less likely.

      Being someone who owns a camp on a lake as a short term solution I would propose the following:

      Immediate closure of all public boat launches to decrease the possibility that they spread anything into my lake.

  2. Charlie S says:

    All cynicism aside Paul…..Us humans are going to have our way ‘no matter what’ at the expense of all things else. You can see this as plain as day and it’s never going to change unfortunately. We’re not smart enough to do what’s right and so long as there’s a dollar attached or so long as short term pleasures rule over futuristic thinking there’s no hope for what little purity and good is left on this planet.

    • Paul says:

      Charlie, even you with all your dark and dismal pessimism must see some good in the fact that this program is maybe working. You did notice that right? Or were you commenting on some other article with all sorts of bad news regarding invasives? Buck up little camper!

    • Alex Duschere says:

      well said Charlie: the trails being created for tourists are making the forrests look like Central Park NYC.

  3. Good news. Vigilance still required. A strong education program helps.

  4. Alex Duschere says:

    Your map in this article is too small in size for a person to see which areas are or not indicated . The purple and blue left side strips I suppose are an indicator of this and they are imperceptible. How are we to distinguish this?

    • Paul says:

      If you right click on it (depending on your computer) you can open the image in it’s own tab and blow it up a bit and (it’s a little blurry) you can read it.

      Probably can go to the APIPP website and fine more info.

  5. Charlie S says:

    Paul says: “Charlie, even you with all your dark and dismal pessimism…”

    I’m an optimist Paul though I will say doubt does teem in me and rightfully so. Dark and dismal? First thing that comes to mind…..the whores for the rich that run this country at present.

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