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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.
Seeking Input on CBCW
The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition is looking to gather feedback from Lake Associations and Lake Volunteers in Marinette and Forest County on setting up additional Clean Boats Clean Waters workshops this Spring!
These workshops would be a valuable chance to learn how to properly implement the Clean Boats Clean Waters program on your own waterbodies and to find out what other Lake Associations are doing in the county to help combat aquatic invasive species. Workshops would be free to all who attend, while providing important information and guidance to help protect your waterbody from aquatic invasive species.
This workshop would cover all aspects of the Clean Boats Clean Waters program including:
- What the program is about and its goals
- How to conduct proper watercraft inspections
- How to communicate current laws and Aquatic Invasive Species issues to the public
- How to share inspection data with others
- How you can take care of your boat landings
We also plan to have an outdoors portion of the training to demonstrate proper watercraft inspection procedures. This will give all those who attend a chance to practice these skills so they can better conduct inspections at their own boat launches!
If you are interested in attending such a workshop we would love to hear from you! We are waiting to set a date and location until we can get an idea on how many people would want to attend. However, in the past this spring training usually takes place
sometime in May.
If you would like to attend, want to provide feedback or have questions, please contact us using the online form to the right!
We look forward to hearing from you!
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.