Pennsylvania joins Great Lakes-wide “AIS Landing Blitz” campaign with other states and two Canadian provinces
(Erie, PA) – Aquatic invasive species (AIS) across the Great Lakes will get the blitz this summer. Partners at hundreds of water access sites throughout the region will be participating in an AIS Landing Blitz from June 28 to July 7 designed to inform boaters and others of the risks of introducing and spreading aquatic invasive species.
Pennsylvania is hosting Landing Blitz activities at the following locations:
Prince Gallitzin State Park, Cambria County, on June 29 with a rain date of July 6.
Presque Isle State Park, Erie County, on July 2.
Pymatuning State Park, Crawford County, on July 3.
Volunteers, along with paid inspectors, will be partnering with state and provincial agencies at boat launches to demonstrate procedures used to identify and prevent the spread of AIS. They will also have information about the protocols for reporting an AIS discovery and local AIS laws and regulations.
While similar events have been hosted by individual states and provinces in previous years, organizers say this is the first time that all of the Great Lakes states and provinces are involved and coordinating efforts to maximize the event’s effect.
The event is an opportunity to work directly with boaters and deliver a coordinated, regional message about the importance of AIS prevention during the busiest boating weekends of the year.
“Working with local communities and volunteers will be key to the success of the event,” said Sara Stahlman, Pennsylvania Sea Grant extension leader. “We know that the Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of the busiest boating times of the year, making it a great time to make sure they know to ‘Clean, Drain, Dry’ their gear.”
For more information on the AIS Landing Blitz, including educational materials, locations and volunteer opportunities, visit www.glc.org/blitz.