Project RED Riverine Early Detectors

Project RED manual. The Friends is hosting a local training/paddle on Wednesday, August 3.  We hope that as you paddle, hike, tube, bike, fish and swim this summer along our rivers and streams, you assist us in keeping an eye out for invasive species and report any suspicious findings.

PREVENT THE SPREAD:

WIPE YOUR FEET.

INSPECT ALL EQUIPMENT INCLUDING YOUR BOOTS AND BOATS BEFORE AND AFTER MONITORING.

CLEAN OFF ALL PLANTS, ANIMALS AND MUD.

BAG IT.  WHEN COLLECTING SAMPLES BE SURE TO BAG THEM IMMEDIATELY.  DO NOT PLACE SPECIMENS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE BOAT TO BE BAGGED LATER.  IT ONLY TAKES A FRAGMENT OF A PLANT OR ONE SNAIL IN MOST CASES TO START A NEW INFESTATION.

GO WITH THE FLOW.  MONITOR FROM UPSTREAM TO DOWNSTREAM TO HELP PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION OF INVASIVES IN THE HEADWATERS.

LOSE THE FELT.  FELT SOLED WADING BOOTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HARBOR INVASIVE SPECIES. WE RECOMMEND USING HARD RUBBER BOOTS,  NOT FELT.

LEAVE ‘EM HIGH AND DRY.  LET ALL EQUIPMENT DRY BEFORE MOVING FROM ONE WATERBODY TO AN-OTHER.

Remember only you can protect your waters and stop aquatic hitchhikers!

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