The Clean Boats Clean Waters program incorporates one of our General Mission Goals--to take collaborative actions to improve Eagle Lake and its watershed--by running a Watercraft Inspection Program during summer months to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into our lake. This program is run jointly by the Eagle Lake Improvement Association and the Eagle Lake Management District. Paid staff educate boaters on how and where invasive species are most likely to hitch a ride into water bodies. They perform boat and trailer checks, survey boaters re: boating habits and their knowledge of aquatic invasive species, distribute informational brochures, collect and report suspect specimens, and enter collected data into a state-wide Department of Natural Resources (DNR) database. While we already have some challenges with weeds, this program has to date prevented other species from entering our lake.
To learn more about how the Clean Boats Clean Waters program is protecting Eagle Lake, please enjoy this short video produced by the Eagle Lake Improvement Association.