Aquatic Invasive Species Training
The new, mandatory, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) training for lake service providers will be held at various locations across the state. The seminars are designed for the business permit holder, and will provide all participants with Department of Natural Resources (DNR) certification on best management practices to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. View the lake service provider training manual.
Stop Invasive Species
Before launching or before leaving:
Dispose unwanted live bait and worms in the trash.
Drain water from boat, bilge, motor and livewell, remove drain plug and open all water draining devices away from boat ramp.
Inspect your boat, trailer, and equipment.
Remove visible aquatic plants, zebra mussels, other animals, and mud.
Spray and wash your boat, trailer and equipment with high pressure or hot water before going to other waters, or dry everything for at least 5 days.
Importance of Finding a Solution
Why is this important?
Consequences of These Hitchhikers
Reduce game fish populations
Ruin boat engines and jam steering equipment
Make lakes / rivers unusable by boaters and swimmers
Dramatically increase the operating costs of drinking water plants, power plants, dam maintenance, and industrial processes
Reduce native species
Non-Native & Nasty
It is not only boats that transport zebra mussels! View photos of how zebra mussels are transported.