Aquatic Plant Identification and Management Workshop Offered – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Aquatic Plant Identification and Management Workshop Offered

Finger Lakes Institute hosts workshop to prevent spread of invasive plants

GENEVA, N.Y.—The Finger Lakes Institute, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association and Seneca Lake Area Partners in 5 Counties will co-host an educational workshop titled “Weeds Watch Out Invasive Plant Identification Workshop” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, at the Finger Lakes Institute, 601 S. Main St.

The program will educate lakeshore residents and recreational lake users how to identify aquatic vegetation, manage infestations and prevent the further spread of invasive aquatic plants throughout the Finger Lakes region.

Participants will receive practical information pertaining to the definition, characteristics and impacts caused by aquatic invasive plants and be given a free take-home identification guide to aquatic invasive plants.

Weeds Watch Out is an education and outreach program attempting to thwart the spread of invasive aquatic plant species into, within and from the Oswego River Basin, a sub-basin of Lake Ontario, by training volunteers and community members to locate and report new or unknown occurrences of invasive aquatic plants in waterbodies. The Weeds Watch Out program mission is supported by the EPA Great Lakes grants program, EPA Great Lakes national program office and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. To learn more about Weeds Watch Out, visit their site.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, call Sarah Meyer, the Finger Lakes Institute's community outreach coordinator, at (315) 781-4382 or e-mail fli@hws.edu.