HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) –  Connecticut boaters and others are being encouraged to help prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals.

The state is holding its first Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness weekend, starting on Saturday. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is working with the Candlewood Lake Authority and

Mystic Aquarium to promote the event.

DEEP staff will man boat launches across the state over the weekend. Staff will educate boaters about clean and safe boating practices and will conduct aquatic invasive species inspections from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Among the boat launches are Lattins Cove in Danbury and Squantz Cove in New Fairfield. Both are located on Candlewood Lake.

Others include the ones at Lake Zoar in Southbury, Lake Lillinonah in Bridgewater, Highland Lake in Winsted and Coventry Lake.

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