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DEEP Offering Boat Launch Monitor Training

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Zebra mussels (Kilian FICHOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Zebra mussels (Kilian FICHOU/AFP/Getty Images)

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NORWALK, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is offering to train volunteers to monitor local boat launches for invasive plants and animals.

A training session is planned for Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Dominic Lametta Training Center in Norwalk.

Volunteers will be taught how to identify invasive species and instruct boaters to do the same, in hopes of preventing the invasive species from spreading.

Zebra mussels were discovered in Lake Zoar and Lake Lillinonah in 2010 and in Lake Housatonic in 2011.

Boaters are urged to clean all plant, fish, animals and mud from their vessel before leaving a launch, dry anything that comes in contact with the water, and drain all water from every space on the boat before the next launch.

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