Invasive Species Education

Engagement, education & interaction

Seaplane pilots enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the critical importance of being good stewards of the environment. As part of that responsibility we must ensure that waterway managers and regulators understand our commitment.

The single most important issue seaplane pilots face regarding continued access to public waterways is mitigating the spread of invasive aquatic species. Engagement, education and interaction with resource managers is critical to maintaining seaplane access to waterways. The Seaplane Pilots Association and the Seaplane Foundation are developing tools for our members to access the best possible information regarding federal, state and local requirements for invasive species mitigation procedures.

Our commitment is to become the facilitator of communication among regulators, resource managers, manufacturers and our pilot community to ensure that we are all working together to develop and implement best practices for protecting the health and quality of our nation’s waterways.

Invasive Species Education is currently one of the most serious tasks of the Seaplane Foundation as we demonstrate our proactive approach to stewardship of our nations inland waterways.

Working with our partners at U.S. Fish & Wildlife we were able to come up with a universal logo to “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers.

Invasive species found in Lake Washington, Washington
A rainbow produced by a blast of 140 degree water decontaminating a Lake Amphibian after operating in Lake Mead, Nevada.

Dee Davis from Pacific State Marine Fisheries Commission and Seaplane Foundation Executive Director Steve McCaughey are committed partners in stopping the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Seaplane Foundation Board, volunteers and Executive Director graduating WITII class along side our partners from US Bureau of Reclamation, US Fish & Wildlife, Seattle Public Utilities, National Park ServiceSea Grant Institute
Seaplane Foundation Board Members, staff and volunteer field directors are actively performing invasive species inspections and decontaminations such this one being performed at the Water Craft Inspection Training in Boulder City, Nevada.
Seaplane Foundation Chairman Phil Lockwood inspecting the growth rates of Zebra and Quagga Mussels on sample plates at Lake Mead, Nevada