Clean equipment to prevent spread

Anglers, boaters and those who use waterways, especially Pine Creek, should check, clean and dry their equipment so the invasive “rock snot,” or didymo algae doesn’t spread.

Follow these tips:

Always check your equipment and boots before leaving a stream or river. Remove any obvious clumps of algae, look for hidden clumps and leave them at the affected site. If algae is found on gear or equipment after you return home or move to a new location, do not wash it down drains; instead, dispose of all material in the trash;

Soak and scrub all non-absorbent equipment for at least one minute in either hot water (140 degrees Fahrenheit) or a 2-percent solution of household bleach, a 5-percent solution of salt or a 5-percent solution of dishwashing detergent.

Absorbent items, such as life jackets, require longer soaking times to allow for saturation. Soak for at least 40 minutes in hot water above 140 degrees Fahrenheit or 30 minutes if the hot water is mixed with a 5-percent dishwashing detergent solution.

If cleaning is not practical, allow equipment to dry completely, then wait an additional 48 hours before allowing contact in other waterways. Check thick absorbent items closely to ensure they are thoroughly dry.