Boat inspectors to be at Legend Lake July 4 educating boaters about aquatic invasive

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    Boat inspectors to be at Legend Lake July 4 educating boaters about aquatic invasive species

    News Release Published: June 15, 2010 by the Northeast Region

    Contact(s): Brenda Nordin, DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, (920) 662-5435
    Effort aims to prevent spread of aquatic invasive species

    KESHENA - Volunteers and citizens from the Legend Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District will be educating boaters and conducting free courtesy boat checks over the Fourth of July weekend at Legend Lake. The effort aims to assure that boaters do not accidentally spread Eurasian water-milfoil, zebra mussels, and other aquatic invasive species to other bodies of water.

    Inspectors will be stationed at the three public boat landings to help boaters understand Wisconsin’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,” says Brenda Nordin, the Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator.

    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, boat trailers, water in livewells and live fish being moved from one water body to another.

    Boaters, anglers, and others enjoying Wisconsin waters are required to:

    * Drain all water from vehicles, trailers, watercraft, containers, fishing equipment, and gear when leaving any state waters or its shores. Two gallons may be kept for minnows.
    * Do not take live fish away from any lake or its shores. A fish is considered dead when it is no longer in water. This law applies to shore anglers as well as those who fish from a boat.
    * Remove all aquatic plants, animals and mud from watercraft, trailers and vehicles before leaving a landing for the day. Do not transport a vehicle, boat, boat trailer, equipment, or gear of any type on a public highway which has an aquatic plant or animal attached to the exterior.
    * Use minnows left over after a fishing trip again on the same water OR on any other waters if no lake or river water, or other fish was added to their container.

    The citizen inspectors have been trained through Wisconsin’s Clean Boats, Clean Waters program. They 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.