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Clean Boats Clean Waters and DNR to educate boaters in annual “Landing Blitz”

MADISON – Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers and Department of Natural Resources staff will be at boat launches throughout the state during the July 4 weekend helping boaters inspect their boats and learn the necessary steps to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species. The sixth annual “Landing Blitz” aims to educate and reward boaters for taking steps in preventing the spread of invasives such as zebra mussels and Eurasian water-milfoil.

“The Landing Blitz is always a great event for both boaters and our Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers,” says Bob Wakeman, aquatic invasive species coordinator. “We’re happy to see it inspired Michigan to start their own Landing Blitz, which can only strengthen our joint efforts to stop the spread of invasive species. We would also like to thank all the volunteers over the years who have helped make this campaign successful”

DNR anticipates another banner year that will hopefully encourage other states to blitz their lakes as well. The Landing Blitz uses the busiest weekend of the boating season, running from July 3 to 6, to educate boaters on steps they can take to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and highlights the role of the Clean Boats Clean Waters program in those efforts.

Boaters spotted already practicing the important prevention steps of “Inspect your boat, remove plants and animals, drain water from live wells and buckets and never move live fish” might be rewarded with a free “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers” towels.

The Landing Blitz has grown steadily throughout its brief history. For example, ninety lakes participated in 2011. By 2013, the total grew to 290 lakes in 54 counties involving 167 participating groups such as lake associations, local and county governments, tribal entities and non-profit groups.

Clean Boats Clean Waters is a partnership between DNR, the University of Wisconsin Extension Lakes program in Stevens Point.

For more information visit the Clean Boats-Clean Waters web site.

For more information contact:

  • Bob Wakeman, aquatic invasive species coordinator – (262) 719-0740

 


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  1. Comment #5 | (NO) | Survey.Monkey
    Let nature take its course.
    6/30/2014 10:53 AM
    -Ed.

    Comment #4 | (YES) | Survey.Monkey
    Information is golden when attempting to have the public joining in any statewide project affecting our environment. Teaching the public methods to be used in controlling the spread of these species is all important.
    6/27/2014 8:55 PM
    -Ed.

    Comment #3 | (NO) | Survey.Monkey
    One of the best ways to help prevent the spread of invasives is by having strong populations of native fish. The WDNR doesn’t seem to manage for that, Lake Michigan is proof of that. Whitefish eat invasive mussels yet the DNR allow/encourage the netting of millions of whitefish. They stock salmon/trout to eat alewives but net whitefish to protect mussels.
    6/27/2014 10:23 AM
    -Ed.

    Comment #2 | (NO) | Survey.Monkey
    People just don’t pay attention or don’t care what’s on their boats and trailers as the go from lake to lake. I think its more the recreational boater than the fisherman.
    6/27/2014 7:54 AM
    -Ed.

    Comment #1 | (NO) | Survey.Monkey
    once out of the bottle no to be put back
    6/26/2014 5:51 PM

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