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Clean Boats Clean Waters
Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) is a volunteer based program aimed at
educating the public about aquatic invasive species (AIS) and how they
can keep plants and animals from hitch-hiking with them. Both Wisconsin and Michigan have programs that WRISC staff, partners, and volunteers participate in locally.
It's the law! While CBCW volunteers don't force recreationists to clean their equipment, both MI and WI have laws about cleaning your boat. Boaters who don't remove aquatic plants and animals from their equipment could be fined by a Conservation Officer/Warden.
Through this program, watercraft inspectors are trained to organize and conduct a boater education campaign in their community. Adults and youth share information with boaters and the general public on AIS and how they travel from lake to lake (or river). Inspectors also show boaters where invasives are most likely to hitch a ride, and encourage boaters to check their boats and equipment for invasive species before they enter the water.
Remember...Clean Boats = Clean Waters
WRISC summer staffer Brian Hewlett inspects a boat for any attached vegetation.
How does WRISC promote Clean Boats Clean Waters?
WRISC helps to train interested volunteers, educate the public, and hires summer staff to work as watercraft inspectors at boat launches and operate boat washes (a great way to remove microscopic invasives that you might not even see!). We also keep an eye out for new AIS invasions during our survey work.
WRISC had 5 summer boat landing educators/boat wash operators that contacted 3,653 people and inspected/washed 1,307 boats.
Two of the inspectors and one of the boatwash units operated through WRISC Partner Marinette County. The other three inspectors along with another portable boat wash roved throughout the WRISC five county area. All of this was funded with grants from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. These boat washes were funded by the US Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
WRISC continued operating our two portable boat washes with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and purchased a new 3rd unit.
When WRISC's boatwash units aren't being used on the weekends, they are still put to work. Through an agreement with the Wisconsin DNR, WRISC boatwashes are used by local Fisheries staff to clean their equipment as well.