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Steps to help stop the spread of invasive plants

Tips on what you can do to help stop the spread of invasive species:

Remove all plant parts from boat motor, trailer, anchors, fishing gear, and dive gear. Dispose of plant matter above the waterline on dry land or in a trash can.

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Dispose of bait water and cooling water away from the shore after each use.

Wash your boat, preferably with hot water, and allow it to dry completely before entering another body of water.

Help spread the word about invasive plants.

Post a “Stop the Spread of Invasive Weeds” sign (available free from the state) at your boat ramp.

Familiarize yourself with invasive species with free color guides to invasive aquatic plants.

Join a weed-monitoring group and help identify and eradicate new infestations in your lake before they become permanently established.

SOURCE: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Lakes and Ponds Program

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