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.
June 13, 2017 | Beth Clawson | Aquatic invasive species control is costly for our state but preventable through clean watercraft and water sport practices
May 1, 2017 | Beth Clawson | Protecting water quality means protecting inland lake shorelines from erosion and stormwater runoff. Restoring inland lake shorelines means selecting and planting the shoreline with Michigan native plants.
April 3, 2017 | Beth Clawson | Clean Boats, Clean Waters and Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area collaborate to host free “Train the Trainer” programs in Ingham and Ionia counties in May.
March 30, 2017 | Beth Clawson | Through careful planning, lakeshore landscaping can provide both a finished well-manicured look and adequate erosion protection.
March 28, 2017 | Bindu Bhakta | Michigan Lake and Stream Associations 2017 conference is to be held on Earth Day to focus on the significant threats and management of invasive species of Michigan’s inland lakes and streams.