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Catch drips with an absorbent “fuel bib” when you fuel your boat. Photo courtesy of BOAT US Foundation. HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH OIL?
Posted 10/23/2013 - Zooming across a lake on water skis, motoring to a fishing spot, cruising the islands on vacation, or navigating a sailboat through a crowded marina, boaters know that engines help make boating fun! Boat engines need fuel and lubricating oil that can...

Dhi (dee) is an 18-year old, pet red-eared slider. She lives with her human family in northern California. Photo by Peter Townsend. Red-Eared Invaders Threaten Native Turtles and Human Health!
Posted 9/23/2013 - Did you have a pet Red-Eared Slider Turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) when you were growing up? The distinctive red stripe on the side of the head is attractive and makes it easy to identify them. The red-eared slider turtle is native in much of the...

Didymo mats smother streambed and rocks. Photo provided by Mark Hoddle, Center for Invasive Species Research, UC Riverside. Photographer unknown. What the Heck is Rock Snot?
Posted 9/10/2013 - This icky sounding aquatic invader threatens tourism, fisheries and even hydropower facilities that depend on our streams and rivers. Why? Rock snot, aka didymo (Didymosphaenia geminata), is a one-celled alga or diatom. Each tiny didymo grows a...

Los Angeles County Public Works Department employees learn to recognize and report aquatic invasive species. Photo by Jessica Chen. Rat on Aquatic Invaders!
Posted 9/5/2013 - Who ya gonna call? If you spot a suspected aquatic invader, where you report it depends on the critter or weed. Remember to take photos with a camera or, even better, geo-tag them with a smartphone. Take a snapshot that shows just where you saw the...

Scrub boots with a stiff-bristled brush. Photo by Michelle Lande. Decon Aquatic Invaders!
Posted 8/29/2013 - How can boaters, anglers, and anyone else who works or plays in wet places help stop aquatic invasive species from conquering new territory? Decon (decontamination) is critical. Invaders can hide in mud on the tread of your boots, cling to the hem of...

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