Zebra Mussels, Spiny Waterfleas, and Asian Clams, oh my. While I'm not sure I would be able to identify any of these even if I could see them, all I need to know is that these are just a few of invasive species that if left on a boat could take over and ruin a lake or other body of water.

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Which is why, at select boat launches throughout the state, free boat washes are being offered to keep species like those above, as well as others, from spreading into more and more waterways.

Most of the time, you can see if there's any vegetation hanging off of your boat that you need to clean, but according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, you can't see the Zebra Mussels or Asian Clams with the naked eye, so a boat wash with hot water at high pressure can kill most animals and plants on your boat.

They even have special procedures to handle propellers, engines, and other more sensitive surfaces of the watercraft. While this may seem like a bit of a pain, it's all done to make sure that New York waterways stay clean for generations to come.