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Clean Boats, Clean Waters

* For more information on CBCW and COVID-19, please visit the UW-Extension Lakes CBCW website for the most up-to-date information on the CBCW program. Program updates and frequently asked questions can be found here

Vilas County volunteers
Vilas County volunteers participating in the Landing Blitz

You may have noticed Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers checking boats at a local boat landing, or maybe you are a volunteer or are interested in learning more. Clean Boats, Clean Waters includes teams of volunteers, as well as some paid staff from the DNR, Sea Grant and other organizations. Boat inspectors help perform boat and trailer checks, disseminate informational brochures and educate boaters on how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The University of Wisconsin Extension (UWEX) conducts trainings for new boat inspectors and coordinates the volunteer efforts. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) maintains a statewide database, which contains tallies of information tracked at landings. Be sure to visit the UWEX Web Site [exit DNR] for the handbook, forms, publications, schedule of workshops, and general information about Clean Boats, Clean Waters.

Graphs and Data

Boats Inspected (Boats Inspected:2004=6214,2005=30240,2006=36685,2007=39821,2008=57664,2009=63950,2010=86389,2011=106063,2012=110172,2013=116667,2014=126548,2015=135392,2016=148079,2017=150645,2018=144569,2019=149506,2020=111576|)
Graphs and data by county, project and boat landing are available and updated daily.

Clean Boats Clean Waters Grants Just Got Easier!

If you are an eligible grant sponsor looking for grant funding to help finance a basic Clean Boats Clean Water landing inspection program, we have developed a simplified process for you. For more information:

  • Fact Sheet - Clean Boats Clean Waters Grants
  • Blog Entry - Granting Assistance with Aquatic Invasive Species Problems (December 2012)
  • Application Form - Clean Boats Clean Waters Project Funding Request & Agreement (Form 8700-337)

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