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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.

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

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

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    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.

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