(WSYR-TV) With temperatures in the mid 80s this weekend, lots of people will be spending time on or near the water and they wont be alone.
Soil and water conservation experts are telling us they're getting more reports of invasive aquatic species, things like Asian clams, zebra muscles, water chestnuts, and the spiny water flea. While of little danger to humans (unless you step on a water chestnut), they can cause problems for boats and have an impact on the fish population.
"What we're seeing is an increase in reports of these invasive species from people out on the water," explained Caitlin Stewart, a Soil and Water expert from Hamilton County. "This may be a case of an increase in reports, due to the fact that there is so much awareness."
Cleaning of boat bottoms and cleaning out bilge water compartments is the best way to combat the problem.