Landing Blitz 2014

Purpose

The Department of Natural Resources, along with numerous partner organizations, hosted the sixth Landing Blitz. The Blitz, part of the Clean Boats Clean Waters program, ran from Thursday July 3rd through Sunday July 6th, 2014 during the busiest time of the boating season. Throughout the Blitz, participants educated boaters on measures to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Participation in the Landing Blitz has grown steadily. Participating lakes grew from 90 in 2011 to 290 in 2013. This year 121 partner groups covered 287 lakes and rivers. In 2010, 2452 boaters were reached by the Blitz volunteers and 2078 boats were inspected. By 2013, those numbers grew to over 36,000 and nearly 18,000, respectively. The number of contacts and boats inspected this year are shown in the graph below. Due to its popularity, free towels were again awarded to boaters practicing the prevention steps: • Inspect boats, trailers, and equipment for attached plants, animals, and mud • Remove any plants, animals or mud • Drain all water from boats, motors and live wells • Never move live fish away from a landing The popularity of the towels was described by Jane Montag of the Chippewa Flowage Property Owners Association, “The monitors love handing out towels. They are always a hit with the boaters.” To assist local participants in highlighting their efforts, DNR provided partner groups with outreach materials and tips on getting their story in the media. These efforts garnered statewide attention for the Landing Blitz.

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Map showing 2014 Landing Blitz participants
Media attention for the Landing Blitz during 2014.
Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteer Pat Holt from the Sheboygan County Conservation Association (Koenigs Club) donated his time and power washing machine to clean some boats as part of the Landing Blitz celebration.
Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteer Pat Holt from the Sheboygan County Conservation Association (Koenigs Club) donated his time and power washing machine to clean some boats as part of the Landing Blitz celebration.
Bottom L-R: CB/CW volunteers Aidan Maki; Sarah Maki; Steve Klock; Andrea Bachmann (our Watercraft Inspector). Top L-R: State Senate candidate Martha Laning; DNR Water Guard (SE Region) Warden Marcus Medina; DNR Warden (Plymouth Office) Keith Meverden. At Deland Park boat ramps Sheboygan Harbor July 5th 2-3pm.
Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteer Kaci Baillies being interviewed at High Cliff State Park by Fox 11 television Green Bay.