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

Landing Blitz 2020

Every fourth-of-July holiday, 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.

The 2020 Landing Blitz will run from June 28 to July 5. Due to Covid-19, the annual Drain Campaign normally held in early June has been merged into the Landing Blitz week. The combined campaigns also coincide with the Great Lakes Regional Landing Blitz that includes launches in every state and Canadian province in the Great Lakes Basin.

During the week, Clean Boats, Clean Waters staff and volunteers normally give away hard-sided ice packs to anglers and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! boat towels with logos that remind people to take aquatic invasive species prevention steps. Those tools won’t be available this year, but inspectors will be out to help spread the word. Most Wisconsin boaters also understand the importance of the AIS rules and are great models for anyone who does not. Share your Drain Campaign/Landing Blitz news using #CleanBoatsCleanWaters. Questions? Contact jeanne.scherer@wisc.edu

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 06/28/2020 - 07/05/2020

This graph will continually update as data comes in.

Location:
Landing Blitz 2020 (Totals:Boats Inspected=10449,People Contacted=23303,Hours Spent=4005.73|)