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Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week: June 8-16, 2013
Statement of Purpose: Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed June 8-16, 2013 as Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week in Michigan to encourage people to protect our waters by taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.
Aquatic invasive species or AIS are waterborne, non-native organisms that threaten the Great Lakes and Michigan's inland waters. AIS often compete with native species for food and habitat, prey directly on native species, disrupt ecosystem stability, impact water quality and both commercial and recreational activities, affect property values and cost millions of dollars in prevention and control. Over 180 aquatic invasive species from around the world have become established in the Great Lakes Basin.
Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week is an opportunity to learn about aquatic invasive species, their impacts on Michigan waters and take action to prevent their introduction and spread in your local area and throughout the state. The good news is that there are simple prevention measures you can use while boating, fishing, and otherwise enjoying the water that can help prevent the spread of invasive species.
How you can prevent the introduction and spread of Aquatic Invasive Species:
- Inspect and remove plants, animals, and mud from your boat, trailer and equipment after each use;
- Drain all water from your boat's live wells, bilge, motor, etc.;
- Dispose of your unwanted live bait in the trash;
- Wash your boat and equipment with high-pressure and/or hot water, especially if moored for more than a day; or
- Dry your boat and equipment thoroughly for at least 5 days
- Do no release pets, aquatic plants, or bait into the wild
Learn more about Aquatic Invasive Species
Get Involved - Events, Activities and Volunteer Opportunities
For more information about other activities occurring in your area, contact your local state, county or city park or your local Chamber of Commerce, municipality or lake association.
As you travel across Michigan remember...
...and take the opportunity to educate your passengers about AIS, and have a safe relaxing summer!
Photo credit Sheryl Marsh @ Supergirl designs for the graphic artwork