Aquatic invasive species (AIS) represent one of the most serious threats to Ontario’s aquatic biodiversity today. The Water Steward Program, run by the OFAH’s Invading Species Awareness Program (ISAP), aims to reduce the spread of AIS through the recreational boating pathway!
They are currently looking for conservation-minded citizens from within the Durham, Haliburton, Kawartha, and Pine Ridge regions of Ontario to help engage boaters on one important message: Clean, Drain, Dry.
Their program is a train-the-trainer initiative. They equip volunteers with the knowledge and tools to teach others on AIS prevention, and help to organize important “boater engagement events” at local boat launch locations. During one of these events, available volunteers, and sometimes ISAP staff, provide helpful resources to watercraft users, walk them through how to effectively check for AIS on their equipment, and more.
Boating is the primary source of AIS among inland lakes and rivers in Ontario, and many waterways within our area have already felt its impact. To help keep our water systems healthy and beautiful, we must do everything we can to spread the Clean, Drain, Dry message!
If you are interested in becoming involved in the Water Steward Program, please fill out the following survey: Water Steward Screening Survey (surveymonkey.com)
Or contact Matt Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-934-0128