by Jennifer Smith, Wisconsin Sea Grant

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In the battle against aquatic invasive species (AIS), Wisconsin is doing something right.

Thanks to programs like Clean Boats, Clean Waters, there has not been significant spread of existing AIS in the Great Lakes and Wisconsin’s inland lakes in the last few years.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters educates boaters (and users of other watercraft, like canoes and kayaks) about procedures that protect our local waters. Trained inspectors assist and interact directly with boaters at landings and other locations.

“The rate of new invasions is not increasing and our boater surveys show that boaters take prevention actions at a high rate.

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