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JCC to host invasive species volunteer training

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WATERTOWN — Jefferson Community College will host an informational session for volunteer lake steward training by Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program from 1 to 4 p.m. June 21.

The program promotes water resource stewardship by involving people in preventing the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species that threaten New York’s ecosystems.

Citizen involvement in watercraft inspections and monitoring for invasive species increases public awareness of the threat of such creatures. Volunteers educate the public about how people can help prevent the spread of invasive species by inspecting watercraft and removing aquatic plants and animals from their boats and equipment before entering and leaving an access site.

The training will educate volunteers about different invasive species and how to deliver an educational message. Topics will include: The background and value of stewardship programs; ecology and identification of aquatic invasive plants and animals; how to address technical inquiries from the public; the do’s and don’ts of public interaction and interpretation; how to conduct watercraft inspections for invasive species; and how properly to complete recreation study data sheets.

The event will be held in room E-129 in the extended Learning Center.

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