Since 2006 the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program has been educating Michigan boaters about aquatic invasive species with trained volunteer boat inspectors. New funding from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has enabled Clean Boats, Clean Waters to grow into a comprehensive aquatic invasive species boater outreach program. The program’s mission remains the same: to prevent new aquatic invasive species introductions and limit their dispersal from water recreation activities through outreach and engagement. The reinvented Clean Boats, Clean Waters program promotes understanding of boat cleaning practices and regulations through the distribution of educational materials, an online resource library, boat washing demonstrations, grants and partnerships.
Michigan State University Extension is leading the effort to refresh and implement the new Clean Boats, Clean Waters program in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. The reinvented Clean Boats, Clean Waters program builds upon existing partnerships with statewide and local partners including the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas and lake associations and is actively seeking new opportunities and partnerships to share the clean, drain, dry message.
Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species is easy
- CLEAN boats, trailers and equipment.
- DRAIN live wells, bilges, ballast tanks, and all water by pulling drain plugs.
- DRY boats and equipment.
- DISPOSE of unwanted bait in the trash.
Learn how to identify and report aquatic invasive species through the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
Aquatic Invasive Species News from MSU Extension
Published on September 21, 2021
Two interns from the Mobile Boat Wash program share their experience from a summer of washing boats and talking to the public about aquatic invasive species.
Published on July 12, 2021
Available systems vary in approach, effectiveness, and cost.
Published on May 13, 2021
Using boot brush stations, planting native species in your yard, and buying firewood locally are a few ways you can protect the environment.
Published on April 19, 2021
Be part of a Great Lakes effort to raise awareness of invasive species with boaters June 26 to July 4.