Conesus Lake Watercraft Steward Program workers looking at 2014 data.

Conesus Lake Watercraft Steward Program workers looking at 2014 data.

Watercraft Steward Program

The Conesus Lake Watercraft Steward Program:

  • Helps keep Conesus Lake free of aquatic invasive species (AIS).
  • Provides public outreach about how AIS threaten waterways.
  • Educates watercraft users on how to minimize/prevent the spread of AIS by teaching them how to look for, remove, and dispose of unwanted aquatic hitchhikers.
  • Collects and analyzes watercraft inspection data that will be used to determine the overall AIS state of Conesus Lake.

CCE-Livingston collaborates with the Conesus Lake Association, Conesus Lake Watershed Council, and the Livingston County Planning Department.

Stewards conduct inspections at the East Lake Road Boat Launch. Here, they make sure boaters are not bringing/taking any AIS to/from Conesus Lake. Boaters are also provided with information and walked through the steps of CLEAN, DRAIN, & DRY.

In 2014, nearly 4,000 watercraft were inspected. Of all watercraft launched into the lake, 12% were "high risk launches" and had at least one AIS found on it and removed prior to launching.

By increasing our coverage in 2015, we reached over 10,000 boaters and performed 5,131 inspections. Roughly 1,671 "risk visits" were intercepted before entering Conesus Lake with possible AIS. Boaters reported invasive species that were confirmed to be in Conesus Lake.

Contact

Mark Wittmeyer
Youth Development Team Leader
mjw16@cornell.edu

Last updated December 12, 2016