Archive for Campaign Updates

Michigan Boaters Asked to Help Fight “Aquatic Hitchhikers”

No matter where you are in Michigan, water isn’t far away, and this week’s Michigan Boating Week highlights the importance of protecting the state’s freshwater resources from the threat of aquatic hitchhikers. More than 180 invasive species have entered the Great Lakes, according to the state Department of Natural Resources, and spokeswoman Joanne Foreman says […]

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New York DEC Leading the Way in Combining Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers with Clean, Drain, Dry and other online resources

Boats, trailers, waders and other fishing and boating equipment can spread aquatic invasive species from waterbody to waterbody unless properly cleaned, dried or disinfected after use.  Although some invasive species such as water milfoil are readily visible to the human eye, many others are too small to be readily noticed.  Click on the following link […]

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Efforts continue to control aquatic invasive species

If you’ve lived in lakes country for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard about aquatic invasive species–the small and oftentimes microscopic plants and animals that inhabit lakes throughout the country. In the midst of all the other signage you pass each day, you’ve undoubtedly seen the, “Stop aquatic hitchhikers!” billboards and may have noticed […]

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Colorado Officials work to keep invasive species at bay

Visitors at Colorado’s Ruedi Reservoir this summer will find new gates at the boat ramp, as officials are restricting access so they can more effectively screen for invasive species of mussels. Keeping these creatures out of the reservoir is top priority.  Click on the following paragraph to access the full story. For the first time, […]

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Vermont’s Greeter program launched, hopes to keep invasive species at bay

Wilmington, Vermont kicked off its new greeter program at Lake Raponda last weekend. The program is intended to aid in warding off invasive species, which, if introduced into Lake Raponda’s waters, could threaten the recreational mainstay. Throughout the summer, the program will station trained greeters at the lake to educate boaters about the threats such organisms […]

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Herding Cats or Taking Collaboration to a New Level?

What do Cabelas, Purefishing, Ranger Boats, the Village of Cazenovia in New York State, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana, Orvis, Patagonia, the Elk Horn Lodge, the Wright & McGill Company, AEP, Wake Worx, 52 schools, 95 state agencies, 7 Canadian provincial agencies, 4 foreign countries, the city of Rochester, New York, the […]

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Minnesota Governor Proclaimed May 12th Clean Drain Dry Day!

At the stroke of midnight on Saturday, May 13th, Governor Mark Dayton cast his line and proclaimed Clean Drain Dry Day, signaling the start to a time honored tradition, the Minnesota Fishing Opener! With over 1.6 million anglers hitting the water, Fishing Opener is the perfect opportunity to educate anglers on the importance of invasive species […]

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Efforts continue to control aquatic invasive species

If you’ve lived in lakes country for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard about aquatic invasive species–the small and oftentimes microscopic plants and animals that inhabit lakes throughout the country. In the midst of all the other signage you pass each day, you’ve undoubtedly seen the, “Stop aquatic hitchhikers!” billboards and may have noticed […]

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The Passing of a Legend

Sharon Rushton lost her battle with cancer on May 16, 2017. She was born on born July 6, 1950 in Hutchinson, Kansas, the daughter of Velma and Dave Betz. Sharon is survived by her husband James Rushton, her stepson Chris Rushton and his wife Brandi from Fayetteville, AR, and grandson Taggart Rushton; mother Velma Betz […]

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Iowa asks Boaters to protect Iowa lakes and rivers from aquatic hitchhikers

Aquatic hitchhikers are invasive species – everything from zebra mussels to Eurasian watermilfoil – that move from one waterbody to another by hitchhiking on boats, in bait buckets and on other equipment used in the water. They often grow quickly and spread fast when brought to another lake or stream due to lack of natural […]

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