Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – July 4 is the state’s busiest boating holiday, which means aquatic invasive species could spread, posing risks to our waterways.
Wisconsin DNR officials are on the blitz from June 29 through July 4. The 10th annual ‘Landing Blitz’ means volunteers will greet boaters at landings and waterway access points, and they will be informed on how they can protect the waters they float on.
"We’ll kind of show you some problem spots between your trailer and your boat of things you need to do," said Bob Kneeland, DNR conservation warden. "One of the more common things people forget is they forget that their outboard motor is generally cool with lake water. So as they transmit between different bodies of water, they’ll forget to lower their motor all the way."
Removing access water can prevent transmitting invasive species to other bodies of water. DNR officials also ask that boaters look out for attached plants or animals, dispose of unwanted bait (in the trash), and buy minnows from a Wisconsin bait dealer. Easily spread invasive species include spiny water fleas and zebra mussels.
Last year volunteers in Wisconsin inspected over 14,000 boats. Kneeland said this year will be similar in boater numbers.