Michigan State Clean Boats, Clean Waters

Flowering rush (wikipedia.org).

Flowering rush (wikipedia.org).

     With at least six aquatic invasive species listed as "plants of concern," including curly pondweed, European watermilfoil, European frog-bit, flowering rush, hydrilla and water-hyacinth, Beth Clawson, Michigan State University Extension educator, hopes to prevent their spread.

     "The law says you cannot have any visible vegetation on your boat and trailer," said Clawson. "And you cannot drive down the road with that on your trailer." 

      Clawson, who developed Clean Boats, Clean Waters in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Lake and Stream Association, is relying on people's own efforts and current education attempts to prevent the spread of invasive species in the state. 

     Boaters are asked to power wash their vessels, or wash with soap and chemicals, before moving from one body of water to another, or, if that's not possible, to allow the boat to dry at least five days before it is used again.