BoatU.S. Foundation And Izaak Walton League Of America

Want You To Take The Clean Boats Challenge At Cleanboats.Org

Published online: Jan 24, 2008 News
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The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has joined the Izaak Walton League of America's campaign to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species and is urging all recreational boaters who trailer their vessels to take the League's "Clean Boats Challenge."

The challenge is quiz at
http://www.CleanBoats.orgthat educates boaters and anglers on how to inspect and clean their boats to ensure that lakes and streams are protected from non-native, aquatic hitchhikers.

"Taking the Clean Boats Challenge will give boaters and anglers the information they need to make personal choices that can help stop the spread of invasive species," said BoatU.S. Foundation Director of Clean Water Programs Susan Shingledecker.

In addition to the short and easy-to-complete Clean Water Challenge, the Web site also includes information on how to clean a boat properly and some best practices for trailer boaters. For example, it is recommended that a boat and motor be drained and inspected for mud or plant life before departing the launch ramp. It then should be allowed to dry completely for five days before launching into a different body of water.

Web site links to a clean boat video demonstration, maps identifying the locations and spread of invasive species, and an educator's resource guide are also available at the Web site. Boaters can even take an online "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers Pledge."

The Izaak Walton League is one of the nation's oldest and most respected conservation organizations with a grass-roots network of over 40,000 members and over 300 local chapters across the U.S.

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