Post by Jenny Seifert, UWEX Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist
Going boating this fourth-of-July weekend? Share how you stop aquatic hitchhikers on our Landing Blitz Story Map.
This holiday weekend, June 30th through July 4th, is the ninth annual Landing Blitz, a statewide effort to remind boaters and other water lovers to use their power to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species, which pose great risks to the health of our lakes and fisheries.
New this year is an interactive way for everyone to share the campaign’s message: a crowdsourced Story Map, which will showcase photos and messages from boaters across Wisconsin about how they protect our waters from aquatic invasive species.
If you use social media, help spread the word about the importance of aquatic invasive species prevention by posting photos and messages using the hashtag #CleanBoatsCleanWaters. You can also share the Story Map and encourage your fellow boating friends to add their voices and faces to the effort.
Together, we are all part of the solution for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. So let’s show the world how we do it and empower each other.
Invasive plants and animals, like Eurasian watermilfoil, spiny water fleas and zebra mussels, can spread easily by hitching a ride on boats and other equipment, including trailers, anchors, livewells, buckets and bilges. But all boaters can also easily prevent this by taking the following simple steps every time they enter and leave a boat landing:
- Inspect your boat, trailer and equipment
- Remove all attached plants or animals
- Drain all water from boats, motors, livewells and other equipment
- Never move live fish away from a waterbody
- Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash
- Buy minnows from a Wisconsin bait dealer, and use leftover minnows only if you will be using them on that same waterbody or if no lake or river water or other fish have been added to the container.
Following these steps also helps boaters comply with Wisconsin state law, which prohibits the transport of aquatic invasive species.
Learn more about why Wisconsinites are concerned about invasive species and their impacts to our waters and economy.