Michigan is one the most popular states in the nation for recreational boating, with more over 1,300 public boating access sites and over 80 harbors and marinas. There are more than 11,000 inland lakes and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams.
The threat of contamination to these abundant and precious water resources from non-native aquatic invasive species is high. Aquatic invasive species (AIS) can disrupt these ecosystems, outcompete native animals and plants for space and resources leading to excessive plant growth, reduced fish populations, and interference with pleasure boating and other recreational activities.
The Clean Boats, Clean Waters program trains volunteers to organize and conduct boater education in their community helping to protect local water resources. Volunteer teams will work to educate boaters and other recreational watercraft owners about AIS laws and best management practices for stopping the spread of aquatic species.