What Can Individuals Do?
Become a Weeds Watch Out Volunteer
- Learn to ID aquatic plants
- Remove plant material from boats and trailers
- Drain bilge water, bait buckets, etc. before moving between different water bodies
- Dispose of plants on land
- Participate in a hand-pulling day
- Become a Weeds Watch Out Volunteer
Volunteers in the program take an active role in the prevention, early detection, and rapid response of new infestations, as well as in the monitoring and control of existing weed beds.
Weed Watch Out Volunteers are needed to help stop the spread of invasive aquatic plants in local lakes and rivers. Training workshops are available to teach volunteers how to:
- Identify invasive plant varieties, as well as native look-a-likes
- Monitor the presence or spread of invasive plants along a lake-shore, river, swimming area, or other favorite water body
- Report the presence of a new infestation early
For a listing of W2O! general workshops and training workshops as well as water chestnut hand pulling events, visit Events
Weeds Watch Out Volunteer Information
The following are documents that were prepared for the volunteer training. Most of the documents are available in both html and pdf formats. To view pdf files, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have this software, click here
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- Being a W2O! Volunteer: What it means for you
- W2O! Monitoring Methods
- W2O! Monitoring Report
- Volunteer Manual
- Weed Identification Guide