New boat-washing station to debut next month at state boat launch in Canandaigua

A new boat-washing station will debut at the state boat launch in Canandaigua this summer.

The new washing station will utilize equipment on loan. Canandaigua officials aim to target invasive plants or animal species that might be attached to boats before boaters head off onto the lake waters. Canandaigua Lake supplies 35,000 people in Ontario County with drinking water, according to Daily Messenger.

City of Canandaigua leaders have lobbied state legislators and Department of Environmental Conservation officials for a permanent station. Instead, they’ll be loaned a high-pressure washer and awarded state grant money to use the station for the next two years.

The new boat-washing station is set to be in use starting this May. State parks workers will clean the boats, using about five gallons of water per wash. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Memorial Day weekend.

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