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Clean, Drain, Dry to Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species

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Clean, Drain, Dry to Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species

Clean, Drain and Dry is Required by Michigan State Law - $100 fine

The most important message for boaters and anglers is to “Clean, Drain and Dry” boats, trailers and all equipment and gear after each use on any lake, river or stream to prevent spreading invasive plants and other aquatic invasive species from one water body to another. State law requires:

  1. Making sure watercraft and trailers are free of all aquatic organisms and plants before transporting or launching.
  2. Removing drain plugs and draining all water from bilges, ballast tanks and live wells before moving watercraft.
  3. Avoiding releasing unused bait into the water.
  4. Releasing fish only into the same water body where they were caught to avoid the spread of invasive species and fish diseases.

Following these simple steps can limit the spread of invasive species from one lake or river to another. This short EGLE video from a past Landing Blitz shows how easy it is to clean, drain and dry boats and trailers. Violations of the state law requiring boaters to clean boats and trailers and drain water can carry a fine of up to $100.

DNR conservation officers will continue their efforts to educate everyone who uses the state’s waterways about their responsibilities through direct contacts and in partnership with interested groups.

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