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5/13/2017 7:25:00 AM
Become a Clean Boats, Clean Waters watercraft inspector
Help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species

Why do watercraft inspections?

With the growing concern over the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) to Wisconsin's inland lakes, many lake association members and other concerned citizens are looking for ways to get involved. The Clean Boats, Clean Waters (CBCW) program is an opportunity for adults and youth to take a front line defense against the spread of AIS. Through the CBCW program, inspectors are trained to educate boaters on how and where invasive species are most likely to hitch a ride into waterbodies. Inspectors perform boat and trailer checks for AIS, distribute informational brochures and collect and report any new water body infestations.

Attend a CBCW Workshop

The Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department is hosting three free CBCW workshops for both new and seasoned watercraft inspectors.

• Thursday May 25: 5 to 6:30 p.m. - Three Lakes at Cy Williams Park's Picnic Shelter

• Wednesday June 7: 5 to 6:30 p.m. - Minocqua Community Center, 3rd floor

Through these workshops, participants will be trained to conduct watercraft inspections and learn how and why educational awareness is critical in preventing the spread of AIS. Participants will receive hands-on training of invasive species identification, learn how to organize an effective CBCW program and program supplies, learn the impacts of AIS, transport vectors and distribution of AIS. Participants will also learn the tips, tricks and skills of conversing with boaters and conducting inspections plus have an opportunity to practice before heading to the landings this summer.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. To register, call 715-369-7835.

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