Volunteer emptying drain plug on boat
A Landing Blitz volunteer at an event in Manistee, MI discusses with a boater the importance of cleaning, draining and drying his boat to avoid spreading invasive species from one water body to another.

Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz

The Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz is a week long outreach event held across the Great Lakes basin to raise awareness about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. To learn about the basin wide effort visit the Great Lakes Commission Landing Blitz website.

In Michigan, local volunteers deliver consistent messaging (“Clean, Drain, Dry”) and educate boaters on the importance of preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species at public and private boating access sites. Media (press releases, local news stories, social media, etc.) is also used to raise awareness of the event.

Register now to participate in the 2022 Landing Blitz!

This year’s Landing Blitz takes place July 1 – July 10, 2022. Organizations can choose any days within these dates to host an educational event at a boating access site. By registering to host an event you will receive free educational materials and learn best approaches to communicating with boaters.

To participate you must register your local Landing Blitz event with Kevin Walters at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (waltersk3@michigan.gov) by May 31, 2022. Include the following information:

    • Host name and affiliation (both individual host name and lake association, CISMA, etc.)
    • Location (lake/waterbody, county, ramp location)
    • Date/s & time for your local event/s
    • Mailing address where you would like outreach materials sent

What to expect from participating

At least 1 month in advance of the event organizers should:

  • Select a boating access site/launch ramp and get any need approvals from site manager.
  • Choose a date/s and time within the event period (Events can range from 1 hour on 1 specific date to several hours over multiple days).
  • Assemble a landing blitz volunteer team (3-5 people is a good number).
  • Register your landing blitz event by emailing Kevin Walters (EGLE) at waltersk3@michigan.gov.
  • Share information about the event via social media, local media and neighborhood groups to help promote awareness.
  • Receive your messaging information and outreach materials from EGLE via postal mail at the address indicated on your registration.
  • Optional: Arrange for a boat wash to be present during your event.

June

  • Tune into the pre-event teleconference to have questions answered and hear more about the event details. Teleconference information (date, time, call-in number) will be provided to all registered hosts sometime in May.

Just before the event:

  • Meet with your volunteer team before the event and share messaging info.

Day of event

  • Set-up outreach booth with materials.
  • Talk to boaters and share outreach materials. The most important message for volunteers to share with boaters and anglers is to “Clean, Drain and Dry” boats, trailers and all equipment and gear after each use on any lake, river or stream to prevent spreading invasive plants and other aquatic invasive species from one water body to another. State law requires:
    • Making sure watercraft and trailers are free of all aquatic organisms and plants before transporting or launching.
    • Removing drain plugs and draining all water from bilges, ballast tanks and live wells before moving watercraft.
    • Avoiding releasing unused bait into the water.
    • Releasing fish only into the same water body where they were caught to avoid the spread of invasive species and fish diseases.
  • Record how many boaters you speak to.

Post-event:

  • Submit the event survey to Kevin Walters.

Watch this video from Michigan's first Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz to learn more about the event.