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Ohio helps protect Lake Erie from aquatic invasive species

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COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Sea Grant program at Ohio State University are playing a leading role in educating boaters and the public about the serious risks of the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS ) during the third annual AIS Great Lakes Landing Blitz, which runs through July 4.

“A record number of Ohioans are discovering the joys of boating and recreation on the water this summer,” said Mary Mertz, director of ODNR. “ODNR is delighted to join state and national partners in educating our boaters about the practices they can follow that will help us fight the spread of aquatic invasive species in Lake Erie and other waterways in the region. Ohio.

Ohio boaters are encouraged to properly inspect and clean boats, boots, and other outdoor gear when traveling from location to location. This prevents the spread of invasive species, which is recognized as one of the most significant threats to the ecological and economic health of the Great Lakes and Ohio.

“Ohio Sea Grant has a long history of involvement in the regional ‘Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers’ campaign as well as aquatic invasive species research,” said director Chris Winslow of the Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory. “We look forward to it. bring together some of the state’s top experts to share their knowledge and insights on this important Lake Erie topic that impacts our wildlife, tourism and economy. ”

In July, as part of this year’s Landing Blitz, the ODNR, in partnership with the Ohio Sea Grant, will host a series of webinars related to increasing invasive species awareness and preventative measures. The webinars will begin on Wednesday, July 7 at 10 a.m. EST and will be offered every Wednesday at 10 a.m. until August 4.

Specific topics for these free webinars range from “clean, drain, dry” practice after removing a boat, as well as an overview of aquatic invasive species and the proper disposal of unwanted bait. Each webinar will feature experts and offer viewers the opportunity to ask questions.

To learn more about the webinars, visit the Ohio State Parks Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ohiostateparks/events. Visit https://www.youtube.com/TheOhioDNR to watch the recordings.

The annual Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz is coordinated annually between state and provincial agencies with support from the Great Lakes Commission and partner organizations. For more information on participating locations, volunteer opportunities, or to request educational materials, visit www.glc.org/blitz.

The Ohio Sea Grant College program is part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University and the NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 34 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of resources. marine and Great Lakes. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.

The Parks and Watercraft Division of ODNR provides exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreation and boating by balancing exceptional customer service, education and conservation of the 75 state parks and waterways of the State of the ‘Ohio.

The ODNR ensures a balance between rational use and protection of our natural resources for the good of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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