Michigan Clean Boats, Clean Waters

Invasive Species are Bad News for Boaters

Michigan has nearly 39,000 square miles of Great Lakes waters and more than 11,000 inland lakes larger than five acres. So it’s natural that boating is one of the most popular recreational activities in a state where nearly 1 million watercraft are registered.

Unfortunately, invasive non-native plants, fishes and other organisms disrupt the balance of ecosystems. They also interfere with the enjoyment associated with boating and have the potential to damage recreational watercraft.

Volunteers Can Make a Big Difference

Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers can show boaters how to inspect their equipment, demonstrate cleaning techniques for boats and trailers and by sharing educational information about invasive species, volunteers can make a big difference in Michigan’s efforts to prevent the spread of AIS from one body of water to another.

Through the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program, volunteers will organize and conduct a boater education program in their community. Adult and youth teams will educate boaters about where they are most likely to find invasive species on their recreational watercraft.

To view two well produced Clean Boats, Clean Waters program orientation and training videos,  click on the respective links below:


To download the Clean Boats, Clean Waters brochure, inspection checklist or handbook:

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Brochure

Clean Boats, Clean Waters 2013 Handbook

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Inspection Checklist

To learn more about the Clean Boat, Clean Waters program, contact Beth Clawson, Michigan State University Extension Educator at 269-657-8213  or e-mail: clawsonb@anr.msu.edu