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Clean Boats Clean Waters’ Gary Harper inspecting a boat

Clean Boats Clean Waters’ Gary Harper inspecting a boat

Contact information
For information on Lakes in Wisconsin, contact:
Wisconsin DNR Lakes
Division of Water
Bureau of Water Quality
Aquatic Invasive Species Contacts

Landing Blitz 2017

Every fourth-of-July weekend, AIS Partnership members and Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers reach out to boaters across Wisconsin with a simple but powerful message: You have the power to protect lakes and rivers from aquatic invasive species.

The Landing Blitz is a statewide effort to remind boaters and other water lovers to take action to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species, which pose great risks to the health of our lakes and fisheries. Volunteers are stationed at boat landings around the state to give demonstrations of the prevention steps that boaters must take before they leave the water:

  • 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 were added to the container.

Following these steps also helps boaters comply with Wisconsin state law, which prohibits the transport of aquatic invasive species.

Share your action and help spread the message:

New in 2017 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. Share how you stop aquatic hitchhikers!

If you use social media, you can also help spread the word about the importance of aquatic invasive species prevention by posting your photos and messages using the hashtag #CleanBoatsCleanWaters.

Together, we are all part of the solution for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Check out how many Wisconsinites are doing their part to protect Wisconsin’s waters. This graph shows the latest data on the number of people contacted and boats inspected. It will continually update as more data comes in.

Date 06/30/2017 - 07/04/2017

This graph will continually update as data comes in.

Landing Blitz 2017 (Totals:Boats Inspected=14893,People Contacted=32749,Hours Spent=6185.50|)

Additional Highlights

Put your actions to stop aquatic hitchhikers on the map!

6/27/2017 - 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 … Continue reading

Make your ripple effects positive for lakes this boating season

5/9/2017 - Post by Jenny Seifert, UWEX Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist Ready for boating and fishing season? Whether you are a die-hard aquaphile or just a weekend warrior, now is a good time to brush up on the things you can do … Continue reading