What is a Boat Steward?
Boat Stewards inspect watercraft for invasive aquatic species, removing all aquatic life from the watercraft by hand or by decontamination. Furthermore, stewards educate the general public on invasive species, how to prevent the spread, and boating safety.
When do we do Inspections?
Our inspection season begins on Memorial Day through September. Stewards are stationed at the Saratoga Lake State Boat Launch from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM throughout the week and weekend as well as local marinas.
Each steward must complete a survey on each watercraft that is inspected. Some questions include what waterbody the watercraft has been in last, if the boater is aware how to prevent the spread of invasive species, and if there are any organisms detected during the inspection.
Our Decontamination Station
If necessary, a steward can request a boater for decontamination if an invasive species is detected. Our decontamination station at Saratoga Lake uses heated high and low pressure water to remove any microorganisms from the watercraft. Our water is pumped directly from a well, using no chemicals whatsoever and captured to prevent any run-off back into the lake.
While stationed at the Saratoga Lake State Boat Launch, our team of stewards is equipped with knowledge and educational information on multiple different topics. Stewards educate the general public on the different types of aquatic invasive species, Saratoga Lake’s specific invasive species, how to prevent the spread, boater guides, and general safety. Along with the educational literature, SLPID’s stewards provide samples of Saratoga Lake’s invasives found along the shores or removed from watercraft during inspections. Allinformation can be found on a display set up by the stewards.