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
Thick ‘rock snot’ continues to be found in Michigan rivers
Published on May 26, 2022
Didymo, a nuisance alga known as rock snot, could be trouble for the treasured trout fishery in the Upper Manistee River.
Michigan Clean Boats, Clean Waters program awards $26,000 to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species
Published on March 24, 2022
Twelve projects receive grant funding to educate boaters on the importance of cleaning, draining, and drying equipment to protect lakes and rivers.
MSU Mobile Boat Wash program now open for scheduling
Published on February 25, 2022
The MSU Mobile Boat Wash program is open for its 8th season of boat wash events for organizations dedicated to aquatic invasive species prevention.
It’s never too early to think spring no matter what the groundhog says!
Published on February 4, 2022
Get ready for paddling and learn about invasive species identification and prevention.