Izaak Walton League of AmericaInvasive Species: The Water Risk We Sometimes Miss

It’s our favorite time of year. The fish are biting. Stream lovers are out sloshing around, fishing, wading or just taking a dip to cool off in a stream on a hot sunny day. But there’s probably more in the water than your toes. Invasive species threaten all aquatic ecosystems, from fresh water creeks to coastal bays. By following a few simple steps, you can stop invasive species from spreading. A speck of mud, a drop of water, or a tiny fragment of a plant is all it takes to spread harmful plants and animals. To minimize that risk, we ask every stream user to clean off your boats and gear onsite, including waders, buckets, and nets. The last thing we lovers of water want to do is spread invasive species to the waterways we love and and are working so hard to protect. You can learn more on our website.

For more information check out the latest blogs and posts from the League’s Clean Water Staff. Also check out the link below.

Is That My Bug? The League’s Aqua Bugs App Simplifies Stream Monitoring, Heather Black, IWLA Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer