“As many of you have already heard, there has been didymo (or rock snot) found in the Tuckaseegee River,” notes Matt Canter, owner of Brookings' Cashiers Village Outfitters in Cashiers, North Carolina.
“Didymo is an invasive algae species that can mat the river bottom,” says Canter. “The mats can be so thick that they alter stream habitats and make fishing difficult. Even though there are many ways that didymo can make its way from one stream to another, we want to take every precaution not to be one of those vehicles. This is why we have decided to build this "didymo cleaning station" on the side of the shop. We will keep the station ready to use for anyone wanting to clean their boots and waders after a fishing outing. There will be a tub with a solution of dish detergent and water that has been proven to kill the invasive species, as well as places to hang waders and boots to dry. We highly encourage everyone to clean their boots and waders thoroughly especially when going from one location to another.”
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