New rules for boaters using DEC launches

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now requiring boaters to remove all visible plant and animal material from boats and trailers before launching from DEC lands.

The new rules take effect Thursday and are aimed at preventing invasive species, such as zebra mussels and the spiny water flea, from entering and damaging New York bodies of water.

Boaters are now required to remove plant and animal materials from boats, trailers and other equipment. They must also drain their boats before launching from DEC property.

The regulations apply to all DEC boat launches, fishing access sites and other DEC lands where boats, kayaks, and canoes can be launched.

Drying boats is highly recommended, but not required under the new regulations. Instead, boaters should flush the bilge and other water holding compartments with water, preferably at 140 degrees.

The new regulations are available online at provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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