Do not top off your gas tank when refueling your automobile.
Do not use anti-freeze or other chemicals to keep ice fishing holes open.
Recycle batteries and fluorescent light bulbs.
Do not flush medications and pharmaceuticals down the toilet. They should be discarded in the trash, or brought to a pharmacy drop-off location.
Properly dispose of mercury-bearing items, including non-digital thermometers and thermostats, and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
Learn how to properly dispose of all wastes on the CSWD website.
Fish and Wildlife Protection Tips
Keep domestic animals out of sensitive habitats such as alpine areas and bogs.
Fence livestock out of riparian zones.
Use measures such as streambank fencing, constructed wetlands and buffer strips to control nonpoint source pollution that causes habitat degradation.
Use landscaping practices that benefit living natural resources and their habitats.
Help limit the spread of water chestnut, zebra mussels, purple loosestrife and other nuisance nonnative species that can have negative effects on native fish and wildlife species and their habitats.
Work with federal and state agencies and nonprofit organizations to protect fish and wildlife habitat through conservation easements and habitat protection and restoration programs.
Learn to identify plant and animal species in the Basin to help researchers and managers better understand the distribution of these species in the Basin.
Become more aware of the presence of wetlands in your community and educate yourself and others about wetlands and why they should be protected.
Nuisance Aquatic Plant and Animal Prevention Tips
Inspect your boat, trailer, and equipment, and remove any mud and plants before leaving any body of water.
Drain all water from the boat, including the bilge, live well, and engine cooling system.
Dry the boat and trailer in the sun for at least five days, or if you use your boat sooner, rinse off the boat, trailer, anchor, anchor line, bumpers, engine, etc. with hot water or at a car wash.
Leave live aquatic bait and bait used in infested waters behind- either give it to someone using the same water body, or discard it in the trash.
When recreating in areas infested with Eurasian watermilfoil, be careful not to break apart the plant since milfoil spreads by plant fragments.
Contact the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to find out how to become involved in monitoring and outreach activities to help prevent the spread of nuisance nonnative aquatic species in the Lake Champlain Basin.