Connecticut boaters to be educated about invasive species

Boats docked at New London.

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut boaters and others are being encouraged to help prevent the spread of invasive aquatic plants and animals found in lakes and rivers.

The state is holding its first Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Weekend, starting on Saturday. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is working with the Candlewood Lake Authority and Mystic Aquarium to promote the event.  As part of the initiative, state environmental workers will educate boaters about clean boating practices to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

George Zychek told News 8 he hadn’t given much thought to the problem until he saw environmental workers outlining the concerns on WTNH.  He said plans to be more careful now.

“I would hope to be aware of it, and would want to be extra careful in making sure that I wash my boat out properly,” said Zychek.

DEEP staff will man boat launches across the state over the weekend and conduct inspections from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Among the boat launches are Lattins Cove in Danbury and Squantz Cove in New Fairfield. Both are located on Candlewood Lake.

Others include the ones at Lake Zoar in Southbury, Lake Lillinonah in Bridgewater, Highland Lake in Winsted and Coventry Lake.

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