Learn to prevent the spread of invasive species in our lakes and waterways when you boat.

Saturday, July 23, 9am – 12pm at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center.

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Invasive Species are bad news!

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 the state, with nearly 1 million watercraft registered.

Unfortunately invasive plants, fishes and other organisms disrupt these ecosystems. They also interfere with recreation and damage watercraft and equipment. Boaters, skiers or swimmers can unintentionally spread invaders from one body of water to another when aquatic invasive species (AIS) hitch a ride on recreational equipment.

Fortunately, most Michigan boaters want to help prevent the spread of AIS. However, many are not familiar with the few simple steps they should take. Clean Boats, Clean Waters is a volunteer education program designed to assist Michigan boaters with keeping their boats free of invasive species and to help protect their equipment and our waters from the havoc caused by invaders.

Date/Time:  Saturday, July 23, 9am-12pm

Location: Kensington Metropark Nature Center

Cost: Free for the training; access to the Metropark is $5 for a day pass.

Who is invited?  Everyone. This training is targeted to people who live on or near a lake, but the information presented will be interesting to everyone concerned about the spread of exotic plants.

Please RSVP to Paul at psteen@hrwc.org or sign up via Facebook events.