Clean Boats-Clean Waters Meeting Friday As Season Begins Soon

Apr 25, 2019

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Folks interested in finding out more about keeping aquatic invasive species out of their lakes are invited to a meeting Friday(4/26) at the Crescent town hall.

With the boating season coming soon, Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Stephanie Boismenue talks about the Clean Boats-Clean Waters meeting....

"...The Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department is hosting a free Clean Boats-Clean Waters inspection and AIS workshop. This workshop is for new and seasonsed watercraft inspectors and anybody else interested in protecting the lake that they love..."

Boismenue says the workshop provides much hands-on information in the fight against aquatic invasives...

"...The workshop is going to help watercraft inspectors identify AIS, how an where an invasive species is likely to hitch a ride, we'll talk about AIS regulations and different ways they can educate and engage boaters on how to prevent the spread of AIS. We're also going to talk about AIS at Oneida county's door step and much more..."

While eurasian water milfoil and curly-leafed pondweed are two well-known threats, she says zebra mussels have an infestation on Lake Metonga in Forest county and spiny water fleas have been found in Vilas county, and threats continue. 

Stephanie Boismenue says while this event is being held in Oneida county, volunteers involved in keeping invasives at bay at boat landings anywhere can stop by. The workshop is from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Crescent town hall west of Rhinelander near the Northwood Golf Club.