Frequently Asked Questions
“Can stewards write tickets or citations?”
No. Stewards are strictly non-enforcement positions, with only the responsibilities of providing education and outreach to the boating public in the region, and eliminating incoming and outgoing invasive species.
However, currently the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is developing an enforcement program for new regulations that prevent boat users from traveling public roadways with invasive species attached. We urge boaters to follow these regulations in anticipation of future enforcement of such regulations.
Read more about the regulations here.
“How long do inspections take?”
Generally steward inspections take between 1 and 10 minutes. Generally, boaters with dried boats that are trying to launch will experience much shorter inspection times – between 1 and 5 minutes.
Longer inspections occur when there are large quantities of aquatic organisms attached to a boat.
“What are stewards looking for?”
Our boat stewards are exclusively looking for aquatic invasive species.”
“Do the stewards work for federal or state governments?”
No. Although some funding for the Finger Lakes Institutes’ Watercraft Steward Program does come from state and federal grants, all of the steward and management staff for this program are employees of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.