Aquatic Invasive Species
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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are non-native plants, animals, and microscopic organisms that negatively impact native species and habitat. Common terms for AIS include: aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and non-native or harmful aquatic species. AIS can be transported through popular recreational activities including boating and angling on multiple rivers, lakes, and other waterways. According, to information provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Coast Guard the introduction of harmful, non-native species in the United States is increasing and costing the U.S.A more than $100 billion each year. These introduced species have the potential to impact fisheries, make waterways unusable by boaters and swimmers, reduce property values, affect the economy of water dependent communities, and damage personal boating equipment. It's important for recreational water enthusiasts to remember the basics to preventing the spread of AIS:

  • Inspect and Remove all visible mud, plants, fish/animals

  • Drain all water from motors, jet drives, live wells, boat hulls, scuba tanks and regulators, boots, waders, bait buckets, seaplane floats, and swimming floats

  • Clean and Dry your equipment, the best way to make sure that you are not transporting AIS is to wash your equipment with warm or salt water to kill anything that may be living on your equipment or let your equipment sit in the sun and dry for five days before your next trip to a new water body

Contact:  Ken Dolata - County Conservationist
Phone: 920-834-7152
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