2019 will be the fourteenth summer that the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) has operated its boat launch steward program. Stewards greet boaters on Lake Champlain in New York, Vermont and Québec from Memorial Day to late September. They inspect their boats for invasive organisms, and share information about the threats they pose.
The boat launch stewards have greeted nearly a quarter million boaters and intercepted 5,400 invasive species since the program started in 2007 according to LCBP. The majority of these organisms have been found on boats leaving Lake Champlain, and could have been carried to other water bodies in the region if not intercepted.
The LCBP is also launching a new Outreach Steward program this summer. LCBP Outreach Stewards will attend farmers markets, fairs, and other public events to provide information and talk with the public about water quality and healthy ecosystems. Boaters and other members of the public are encouraged to say hello and talk with stewards on the launches and at these events.
The steward program is supported with funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC), and allocated by the Lake Champlain Steering Committee.
For more information about the steward programs or to request LCBP participation at an event, email [email protected]
For more information on the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), call (802) 372-3213/ (800) 468-5227 or visit their website.
Photo of boat launch steward provided.