‘Rock Snot’ Campaign Intensifies
Officials from NH, VT unveil new radio ads, education efforts on invasive algae
WHAT: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary George Crombie, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Thomas S. Burack, and a representative of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will announce the latest efforts taken by their two states to curb the spread of Didymosphenia geminata, the invasive aquatic algae also known as rock snot, that made its first known northeastern United States appearance in the White and Connecticut Rivers several weeks ago.
In addition to the posting last week of signs along the two rivers, a two-month radio advertising campaign will be launched Friday to keep the public aware of how to minimize didymo’s spread by properly disinfecting fishing and boating gear.
WHEN: Friday, July 27 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Along the White River at Lyman Point Park, Hartford, Vt. Lyman Point Park is easily reachable via interstates 89 and 91.
WHO: Vt. ANR Secretary Crombie, NHDES Commissioner Burack, New Hampshire Fisheries Program Supervisor Scott Decker environmental and fish and wildlife biologists from both states, volunteers, and others who are responsible for coordinating a rapid, regional response to this aquatic algae.
WHY: The spread of didymo can have an adverse effect on aquatic life, including several species of fish.
The event is outdoors and will last approximately an hour. To get to Lyman Point Park, take Interstate 89 to Interstate 91 North. Take Exit 11. Off the ramp, continue North past a McDonald’s and a few gas stations. Then take the second left, following signs for U.S. Route 5 and cross a bridge spanning the White River, staying in the right lane. Then make a right, and then another right at the Hartford municipal building, where you will then make a quick left into the parking lot. The park is a short walk just beyond the parking area.
Advance interviews with Secretary Crombie or Commissioner Burack can be arranged. Copies of the radio advertisements also are available.