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Resources for Boat Launch Owners

DEC encourages private marina operators, lake associations, and others with boat launch facilities to use the resources on this page to inform visitors of the threat of aquatic invasive species and how they can help stop their spread. Outreach and education are the most important tools to combat the spread of invasive species. The more people aware of the necessity to clean and dry boating and fishing equipment, the less likely aquatic invasive species spread to new waters. By working together, we can help ensure that the lakes and rivers we all enjoy are protected from the impacts of invasive plant and animal species.

Building and Installing a Disposal Station

Invasive Species Disposal Station
Invasive species disposal station

In an effort to combat the introduction and spread of invasive aquatic species, invasive species disposal stations can be installed at boat launches and fishing access sites. These stations provide a dedicated location for anglers and boaters to dispose of invasive species clinging to their fishing and boating equipment. The stations also serve as a billboard encouraging users to carefully inspect their equipment and remove and properly dispose of any invasives they find.

Disposal station building plans and signage (PDF)

Invasive Species Signage Templates

The following signs can be posted at all access points to inform boaters on how to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. The files can be downloaded and printed for indoor applications or taken to a sign shop for mounting on weather resistant materials.

Informational panels and signs:

protect your waters sign

Protect Your Waters - 18" x 24" panel (PDF, 7.7 MB)

Protect Your Waters - 31" x 38" panel (PDF, 10 MB)


Before You Leave sign

Before You Leave - 18" x 24" (PDF) - This sign is designed to be mounted at a boat-launching area.

Did You Remember To sign

Did You Remember - 18" x 24" (PDF) - This sign is designed to be mounted at the site exit or anywhere you want to remind boaters and anglers to check, clean, and dry their boating equipment.

Protect Your Waters sign

Protect Your Waters (PDF) - This general sign can be posted at any waterway access site. It introduces the reader to invasive species and runs through how to check and clean the boat.

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