Join the Pennsylvania Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz
An opportunity to protect Pennsylvania waterbodies from aquatic invasive species

(ERIE, PA) -- Pennsylvania Sea Grant and Great Lakes states and partners are planning the third annual regional aquatic invasive species "Landing Blitz" outreach event for June 26 through July 4, 2021 to combat aquatic invasive species around the Basin.

The Landing Blitz is a collaborative outreach campaign to raise awareness about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) through recreational boating and related activities. Local volunteers will partner with Sea Grant and state agencies to educate boaters on how to prevent the spread of AIS, ways to identify AIS, and how to report an AIS discovery.

“Properly inspecting and cleaning boats, trailers and other equipment helps prevent the spread of AIS,” said Sara Stahlman, Pennsylvania Sea Grant extension leader. “Aquatic invasive species are of the most significant threats to the ecological and economic health of the Great Lakes and waterbodies throughout Pennsylvania.”

Last year’s Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz reached 128,000 people at over 1,000 public and private boat landings across the region, and an additional 830,000 people engaged with online virtual content and social media about the event. Last year’s Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz reached 128,000 people at over 1,000 public and private boat landings across the Great Lakes region, and an additional 830,000 people engaged with online virtual content and social media about the event.

This year events will happen at multiple locations in the western Pennsylvania region including Presque Isle State Park, Prince Gallitzen State Park, Shenango Lake, Sugar Lake, Conneaut Lake, Canadohta Lake, Woodcock Lake, and Pymatuning Reservoir in both Pennsylvania and Ohio.

“As recreation and tourism continues to open back up across the Great Lakes basin, we are excited to communicate directly with boaters at landing sites, while continuing to exercise appropriate safety procedures,” said Stahlman.

The Great Lakes Commission is coordinating the regional event and has a wealth of information online including educational materials, volunteer opportunities, and a map of all participating sites 

Read more about aquatic invasive species in Pennsylvania, and contact Sara Stahlman, PA Sea Grant extension leader for more details about landing blitz events in Pennsylvania. 

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