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CLEAN BOATS CLEAN WATERS - OUTREACH ON THE ST. CROIX NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAY, 2007

CLEAN BOATS CLEAN WATERS - OUTREACH ON THE ST. CROIX NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAY, 2007

Byron Karns, National Park Service, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Wade Miller, Department of Biology, Macalester College

As a response to the continuing threat to Wisconsin's inland waters from aquatic invasive species (AIS), the Dept. of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin Extension and Sea Grant, have partnered to educate boaters entering the state's waters. Inspectors are now stationed at boat landings across the state to instruct the boating public on how to best reduce the risk to the public's lakes and rivers from aquatic species introductions. Since 2006, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway has hired and supervised staff to work the river's Wisconsin boat landings. This increases the coverage at the western edge of the state and may reduce the number and spread of aquatic invasive species. We believe the continuation of the inspection program has merit in providing accurate information, updates and prevention skills. The value of staff presence at the landings reflects the importance of this issue.

Keywords: AIS, Outreach, Lake St. Croix, Boaters