New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program

Agency: New York Sea Grant

Location: New York

Treatment Type: N/A

Treatment Method Used: N/A

This program focuses on education and outreach as well as boat inspections and boat decontamination. By 2016 over 120,000 inspections have been performed and 50 boat stations with multiple decontamination units have been established. Multiple local partnerships have been established through this program, and volunteer stewards conduct inspections and decontaminations.


Rothlisberger, J.D., Chadderton, W.L., McNulty, J. and Lodge, D.M., 2010. Aquatic invasive species transport via trailered boats: what is being moved, who is moving it, and what can be done. Fisheries, 35(3), pp.121-132.

Partner Agencies: 

Paul Smith College,
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation,
The Fund for Lake George,
Town of Lake Pleasant,
St. Regis Foundation,
Lake Champlain Basin program,
Town of Arietta, Town of North Elba,
The Shore Owners Association of Lake Placid,
Rainbow Lake Association,
Upper Saranak Foundation,
New York Natural Heritage Program


Brittney Rogers, New York Sea Grant

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