Invasive plants, animals, and other organisms have made their way into waters across the United States. These non-natives can dominate aquatic ecosystems, wiping out native plants and wildlife, because they have no native predators. They can also damage boat engines and steering equipment, make lakes and rivers unusable by boaters and swimmers, and dramatically increase the operating costs of drinking water plants and power plants.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Coast Guard recommend the following steps to protect your favorite fishing and boating spots from an unwanted invasion. The three key steps are: Clean. Drain. Dry. It is important to follow these procedures every time you come into contact with any body of water. Even if the waters look pristine, invasive species may be lurking under the surface – some so small that you cannot see them without a microscope.