Boat inspectors to be at
boat landings from Yahara Lakes
Friday July 1 through Monday July 4
Effort aims to prevent spread of aquatic invasive species
The inspectors, who are a mix of paid
Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds staff and volunteers, will be rotating among several of the busiest boat landings to help boaters understand ’s invasive species laws and what they must do before leaving. Wisconsin
is a great place for fishing and boating. By following simple steps, we can preserve the quality of our lakes for future generations to enjoy,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. Dane County
Invasive species can crowd out native species, disrupt lake ecosystems, and interfere with boating, fishing and other recreation. The main way that invasive species and fish diseases such as viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) spread to new waters is aboard boating and fishing equipment and live fish or water moved from one waterbody to another.
The inspectors, who have been trained through
Wisconsin’s Clean Boats, Clean Waters program, will demonstrate the required prevention steps boaters must take, provide stickers for boaters to place on their trailer posts to remind them of these steps, and will talk about Wisconsin invasive species and VHS laws. “Watercraft inspection is one of the important steps that we are taking to implement ’s Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Control Plan,” said Sue Jones, Dane County Watershed Management Coordinator. The Plan is available at http://danewaters.com/resource/InvasiveSpecies.aspx Dane County
Boaters, anglers, and others enjoying
Wisconsin waters are required to:
· INSPECT boats, trailers, and equipment.
· REMOVE all attached aquatic plants and animals.
· DRAIN all water from boats, vehicles, and equipment.
· NEVER MOVE plants or live fish away from a waterbody.
*Limited exceptions apply. Visit http://www.dnr.wi.gov/ and search for “bait laws”