Wisconsin Boaters More Aware of Invasives

"Clean, Drain and Dry" (photo via walpa.org)

"Clean, Drain and Dry" (photo via walpa.org)

     According to a 2013 survey of Wisconsin boaters, they are more likely to remove plants, animals and to drain watercraft before leaving a boat landing than they were in 2009. The results, showing improved understanding due to campaigns like “Clean, Drain and Dry,” also demonstrated some minor points the public were unsure of, such as if they needed to disinfect boats or boating equipment when cleaning (the answer is no). Wisconsin state law requires boaters to inspect boats, trailers and equipment, and to remove attached aquatic plants or animals before launching, after loading and before transporting on a public highway.