The Chester Boat Basin is one of several sites along the Connecticut River where CAES, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is testing a pink (harmless) “tracer dye” to help them better understand how to address hydrilla. I am grateful for the combined brain power of these biologists, engineers, and advocates.
Sen. Norm Needleman, who could not attend the press conference, said: "By working to study how water flow and downstream activity can result in the spread of such plants, we can better prepare for and respond to the future spread of these plants, better supporting our natural resources."
A note to boaters: once hydrilla has gotten a toehold, it’s very, very hard to eradicate. So please, clean, drain, and dry your boat EVERY time you leave the river. This is true of small paddle craft, too. Click HERE to learn about DEEP’s program to halt the spread of this invasive, which is devastating our waterways.
For more information on CAES and how they can offer information, including surveys and workshops, to homeowners, lakes and ponds associations, marinas, research institutions, and anyone concerned about the ecosystems of our waterways, click HERE.