Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz
Focuses on Protecting Lakes
Boat Washing Units Coming To Hess, Fremont Lakes
From: Muskegon River Watershed Assembly
Citizen volunteers and aquatic invasive species experts will team up to educate boaters about preventing the spread of harmful species during Michigan’s 3rd Annual Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz on July 1 through July 10, 2016, at boat landings around the state. The Landing Blitz is sponsored by the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development in partnership with local organizations as part of Michigan’s annual Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week.
The event is a collaborative outreach campaign to raise awareness about preventing the spread of...
...aquatic invasive species (AIS) through recreational boating and related activities.
This year’s Landing Blitz will build on the previous events. Local volunteer partners will deliver consistent messaging about preventing the introduction and spread of AIS from the movement of watercraft and equipment between water bodies at both public and private boating access sites throughout the state.
Boaters will learn simple steps they can take to help prevent the spread of unwanted aquatic plants and animals such as Eurasian water milfoil and zebra mussels by cleaning, draining, and drying boats and equipment.
Aquatic invasive species crowd out native species, disrupt lake ecosystems, and interfere with boating, fishing, and other recreation. Boaters can unknowingly transfer invasive species and fish diseases, such as viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), to new waters when they don't clean boats, trailers, and other recreational equipment. To prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and protect Michigan’s aquatic resources, boaters, anglers, and others enjoying Michigan’s waters are required to:
Locally, the Landing Blitz will be conducted jointly with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) at the following locations and on the following dates:
July 9, 10 a.m. to noon: Hess Lake at the MDNR Public Access by the Hess Lake Improvement Association.
July 6: Fremont Lake at the Fremont City Park by the Fremont Lake Association.
The MRWA will operate a mobile boat washing unit will be at both locations on these dates. Mobile boat washers are designed to remove invasive species from watercraft, using high pressure and hot water.
For more information about aquatic invasive species in Michigan visit www.michigan.gov/InvasiveSpecies