Michigan Promotes “Clean Boats Every Day” Initiative

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Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has proclaimed June 1-8, 2008, as Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week to raise awareness about the need for citizens to take action to stop new introductions and control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Michigan is defined by the Great Lakes and its vast inland waters which draw millions of tourists and recreational users every year.

In support of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration declaration of “Clean Boats Every Day” Initiative, Michigan is promoting aquatic invasive species awareness and sustainable boating practices by teaching citizens how to inspect, clean, and drain their boats in order to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invaders.

A few simple preventative measures can help protect Michigan’s pristine waters from AIS invasions. For example, watercrafts and recreational equipment should be inspected before leaving a lake, any vegetation should be removed, all live wells drained, areas that may contain water cleaned, and unused bait should be disposed in the trash.

AIS week is sponsored by the Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of the Great Lakes with collaborative efforts from other state and federal agencies as well as private and nonprofit organizations. For AIS Awareness Week information, the Governor’s proclamation, event listings, activities, and more, visit the OGL’s Aquatic Invasive Species website at www.michigan.gov/deqaquaticinvasives; or contact the OGL at 517-335-4056.

“Protecting Michigan’s Environment, Ensuring Michigan’s Future”