Register today for the Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz

Be part of a Great Lakes effort to raise awareness of invasive species with boaters June 26 to July 4.

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

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) is looking for local partners to host educational events at boat launches during the Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz happening June 26 to July 4, 2021.

By registering to host an event you will receive free educational materials to hand out to boaters and learn best approaches to communicating about invasive species. Each year, conservation groups and volunteers across the Great Lakes host educational events over the Fourth of July holiday to educate boaters about aquatic invasive species and the value of cleaning, draining, and drying equipment to prevent their spread.

Register for the 2021 Landing Blitz

To participate, reach out to Kevin Walters (waltersk3@michigan.gov) with EGLE and include the following information. Register by May 31, 2021 to receive educational materials.

  • Host name and affiliation (both individual host name and lake association, etc.)
  • Location (lake/waterbody, county, ramp location)
  • Date(s) and time for your local event(s). Organizations can choose any days between June 26 – July 4, 2021 to host an event.
  • Mailing address for outreach materials

Participation in the Landing Blitz is simple. Register with EGLE to receive materials and gather a team of volunteers to assist with education at a local boat launch. Some boat launches require permission to host events. On the day of the event, setup an educational booth and share invasive species educational 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.

Don’t have time to host an event but want to educate boaters about invasive species? During the Landing Blitz week, the Great Lakes Commission and conservation groups and state agencies from across the Great Lakes region will be sharing clean, drain, dry messaging via press releases, local news stories and social media. Help promote awareness by sharing these stories with local organizations. You can also follow Clean Boats, Clean Waters and the Michigan State University Mobile Boat Wash on Facebook for safe boating tips throughout the boating season.

Since 2014, Michigan State University Extension has been teaming up with EGLE to host Landing Blitz educational events and collaborating on the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program. Part of the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program is a Mobile Boat Wash. The Mobile Boat Wash is a trailer-mounted boat cleaning system which uses heated, high-pressure water that is effective in cleaning most invasive species from boats and trailers. A containment mat prevents runoff back into lakes and rivers. The Mobile Boat Wash is reservable throughout the summer and is a great addition to boater outreach events. The unit comes with a trailer-mounted washing unit, two staff who operate the unit and talk with boaters and educational materials on aquatic invasive species prevention. Local volunteers assist by coordinating local logistics, promotion and speaking with boaters during the event.

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