Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers This Fourth of July

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding boaters and anglers to check for unwanted hitchhikers on their boats and equipment this Fourth of July to help protect Iowa lakes and streams.

Aquatic hitchhikers, everything from zebra mussels to Eurasian watermilfoil, move from one waterbody to another by hitchhiking on boats, in bait buckets and on other equipment used in the water.

“Aquatic invasive species can create serious problems for Iowa waters by reducing native species and making lakes and rivers unusable by boaters, anglers and swimmers,” said Kim Bogenschutz, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Iowa DNR.  Click on the following two links to access the full story.

“Boaters and anglers can help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species to new waterbodies by cleaning, draining and drying their boat and equipment after each time on the water.” 

Join the fight to protect our waters

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