Learn to identify Asian clam, spiny waterflea and other aquatic invasives

 KEENE VALLEY At least 79 Adirondack lakes and ponds are infested with invasive plants like Eurasian watermilfoil and water chestnut; however, it is not just invasive plants that threaten the health and beauty of Adirondack water bodies. Aquatic invasive animals such as spiny waterflea and Asian clam were recently discovered in the Adirondacks, but little is known about their distribution in the region. Once invasive species become established, management is complex and costly. Early detection of new infestations is critical to combat their spread.

 The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) is hosting an aquatic invasive animal identification training on Thursday, August 2nd, from 1to 3 PM at the Byron Park Log Cabin in Indian Lake, NY. Meghan Johnstone, APIPP’s Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator, will train participants on how to identify aquatic invasive animals that threaten Adirondack water bodies and how to perform simple scans to detect their presence. Knowing the regional distribution of these species informs prevention, early detection and rapid response efforts to protect waters in the long-term.

 The training is free but space is limited. Please RSVP to Meghan Johnstone at or (518)576-2082 x119.

 The APIPP is a partnership program among governmental and nongovernmental organizations that is housed by the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  Learn more about APIPP online at and follow APIPP’s activity blog at

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