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Clean, Drain, Dry

It is extremely difficult, if not impossible to manage aquatic invasive species (AIS) once they have entered a new body of water. The best way to control AIS is to prevent them from entering new bodies of water in the first place. Following the clean, drain, dry procedure is a great way to stop the spread of AIS and should be followed both when launching and retrieving your boat. The actions of a single individual can help stop the spread of invasive species and ensure the health and enjoyment of water bodies for years to come.

Clean
Clean off any visible plants, fish, and mud from your boat, trailer, and anything else that came in contact with the water. Discard all materials into an upland area, an invasive species disposal station or the garbage.


Drain
Thoroughly drain all holding wells including the live well, bait well and bilge. This should be done before you leave the site.

Dry
Dry your boat, trailer and equipment thoroughly before using it in another body of water. This can either be done by hand or by allowing the equipment to dry for 5-7 days in warm, dry weather. This is the most effective way to ensure you are not transporting invasive plants, animals or diseases to uninfested bodies of water.