Aquatic Invasive Species

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF AQUATIC INVASIVES?

*Clean visible aquatic plants and debris from watercraft, trailers and equipment before transporting them from any water access.

*Drain water from the bilge, livewell, motor, ballast tanks and portable bait containers before leaving water accesses or shoreline property. Also, keep the drain plug out and any water-draining devices open while transporting watercraft.

*Dump unwanted bait in the trash.

*The DNR also recommends spraying watercraft with a high-pressure water system and rinsing with very hot water after use. Another option is to let the watercraft and any related equipment dry for at least five days before using it again.

*CHECK FOR INVASIVES WHEN TAKING OUT DOCKS AND LIFTS and when selling or buying water- related equipment. A new law effective July 1 requires that all boat lifts, docks and swim rafts must be completely dry for 21 days, including rainfall, before being used again.