DNR hosts 'Landing Blitz' during holiday weekend

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Staff | June 25, 2014

MADISON - Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will be at boat launches throughout the state from July 3-6 helping boaters inspect their boats and learn how to slow the spread of invasive aquatic species like zebra mussels and Eurasian water-milfoil.

As part of the sixth annual "Landing Blitz" program, DNR staff will also reward boaters doing their part to keep waters clean. Boaters spotted already practicing the important prevention steps of "Inspect your boat, remove plants and animals, drain water from live wells and buckets and never move live fish" might be rewarded with a free "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers" towels.

The Landing Blitz has grown steadily from its start in 2011, when 90 lakes participated in the program. By 2013, the total grew to 290 lakes in 54 counties involving 167 participating groups such as lake associations, local and county governments, tribal entities and non-profit groups.

For a list of Walworth County launches participating in the program, see the DNR website.

Clean Boats Clean Waters is a partnership between DNR, the University of Wisconsin Extension Lakes program in Stevens Point.

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