Monroe County Clean Boats, Clean Waters Initiative
The Monroe Conservation District, in partnership with the River Raisin Institute and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is continuing the Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program in Monroe County for the second year. This program is a state-wide effort to educate boaters and other water recreationalists about ways to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Properly inspecting and disinfecting your boating equipment is crucial to preventing the spread of aquatic hitchhikers. Michigan law prohibits the transport of aquatic plants, bilge water, or dumping of bait to prevent aquatic invasive species transfer and spread of disease. This program provides the necessary education for boaters to avoid any potential risks of transporting aquatic invasive species. Last year, during its pilot, this program was able to educate over 150 people and disinfect over 50 boats in Monroe County.
Funding from the Monroe County Environmental Fund and equipment supplied by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides the opportunity to host these educational boat wash events in Monroe County. This year there will be three boat wash events that are free and open to the public. We encourage everyone planning to be out on the lake at these locations during the washes to take two minutes of their time before entering the lake or leaving the launch site to get a free boat wash.
Boat washes are being held from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on the following dates at three different Monroe County locations: on Saturday, June 30 at Bolles Harbor Public Boat Launch in Monroe, on Saturday, August 4 at Halfway Creek Boat Launch in Erie, and on Sunday, August 5 at Sterling State Park in Monroe.
Boaters often ask, why do I need to wash my boat before leaving the launch if I’m going to wash it when I get home or only launch in Lake Erie? By letting us wash your boat you are abiding by Michigan law and not transporting aquatic invasive species, saving time you would spend washing your boating equipment at home, supporting a local conservation initiative and setting an example for the public and the future generation of boaters on how to be good stewards of our water resources.
This program is a collaborative conservation effort helping to protect and preserve our water resources. More information about how to properly inspect and disinfect your equipment to prevent the spread of aquatic hitchhikers can be found at https://micbcw.org/. Always remember to Clean, Drain, Dry.
For questions or more information about the program contact Catherine Acerboni at the Monroe Conservation District (1137 S. Telegraph Rd. Monroe, Michigan 48161) or call 734.265.9311