Invasive Species and Biodiversity
The biodiversity of flora and fauna is critical for river health.
Did You Know?
- Boats and gear can introduce and spread invasive species, endangering native species and reducing biodiversity.
- Over the past few years, FOG volunteers have been detecting the invasive eurasian milfoil plant in the river.
- Other threats include zebra mussels, aquatic insects, blue-green algae, and fish parasites.
- Invasive species can be very difficult to contain once they are established.
What We’re Doing
Boat Washing Advocacy
We are advocating for boat washing regulations and the installation of public washing stations near launch sites.
What You Can Do
Wash Your Boat
Wash your boat, trailer and fishing gear whenever moving between water bodies.
Leave No Trace
Leave native plants and animals untouched and undisturbed.
Report What You Find
If you see something that you believe to be an invasive species, let us know. Take a photo, record the location, and email them to us.
Invasive Species and Biodiversity News
In December 2020, the Municipality of Chelsea accepted our proposal for a survey program that would help identify and...