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Aquatic invasive species have broad impacts that can affect more than just fishing and the tourism industry. However, recreational boaters are heavily impacted by the introduction of aquatic invasive species (AIS), and the boater pathway is a significant source of spread for these harmful organisms. We can all be impacted by aquatic invasive species, but we can all do something to prevent their spread.

The Water Steward Program is an initiative by the Invading Species Awareness Program to empower water enthusiasts with the tools and resources on how they can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. With funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundations Grow grant, the program encourages anyone who is passionate about preserving our waterbodies and no former knowledge or understanding of aquatic invasive species is required. Volunteers are trained to engage and inform water enthusiasts with resources such as:

  • How to effectively Clean, Drain, and Dry their watercraft. 
  • Pertinent AIS Regulations.
  • Aquatic invasive species of concern for Ontario.

Water Steward Training is currently offered in the Durham, Haliburton, Kawartha, and Pine Ridge regions.

Prevention is the best way to manage aquatic invasive species.

Sign up to be a Water Steward today!

How can you help?


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Water Steward, fill out the screening survey at the button below.

To learn more about our program, contact Jeff Berthelette at

Already a Water Steward?

To access the Boater Engagement Survey, click here: AIS Boater Engagement Survey

To download the Water Steward Handbook, click here: Water Steward Handbook PDF


OFAH/OMNRF Invading Species Awareness Program. (2023). Programs – Volunteer Water Steward Program.
Retrieved from:

Reporting Invasive Species | Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program

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