Clean, unpolluted water is what drives the local economy. The Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) is inviting everyone to take an active role in preserving the integrity of our water with a Clean Boats, Clean Waters seminar on on Saturday, July 25, 12:30 – 4 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.
Participating in a Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteer watercraft inspection program is an opportunity to be on the front line against the spread of aquatic invaders. Attendees will learn the basic steps to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and get updates on the current laws and regulations. Led by state professionals, the session will include slide shows, discussion and hands-on watercraft inspection.
Through the Clean Boats, Clean Waters statewide program, volunteers are trained to organize and conduct a boater education program in their community. Adults and youth teams educate boaters on how and where invasive plants and animals are most likely to hitch a ride into water bodies. Volunteers perform boat and trailer checks for invasive species, distribute informational brochures and collect and report any new water body infestations.
For those interested in becoming a volunteer watercraft inspector, there are resource kits available at the workshop for $25. Participants are encouraged to preregister if they would like a resource kit.
This session is free and open to the public. Boaters, anglers, kayakers, marina operators, dockhands and all water enthusiasts will benefit from this session. Registration is encouraged.