Midwest boaters urged to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species across borders

(Released June 9, 2014)

Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan launch AIS prevention message

Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan share many of the same boaters and anglers – now they’re sharing the same message to help protect their waters from aquatic invasive species (AIS), according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The states are teaming up on a new public service campaign to help carry a consistent message that encourages boaters and anglers to take steps to avoid accidentally spreading zebra mussels, spiny water fleas and other aquatic invaders when they travel between states.

The 30-second spot is available here.

“The Minnesota DNR welcomes every opportunity to work with other states on AIS prevention measures,” said Commissioner Tom Landwehr, “and this multi-state production is a fitting example. It offers a consistent message and a coordinated approach to effectively address the tough issue of AIS.”

The Great Lakes states are working together to meet the challenges of invasive species, which are non-native species that can cause environmental or economic harm, or harm to human health.

“We share a common goal of stopping aquatic hitchhikers to keep our Great Lakes and our inland waters healthy,” said Cathy Stepp, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretary. “By pooling our resources we can help reach more people with an important reminder as they travel back and forth.”

In addition to YouTube, the spot is airing on outdoor programs, public television, fishing and sports channels across the three-state area.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant invites partner organizations and individuals to share the video to spread awareness. “By taking a few minutes to drain water and clean boats, trailers, and other equipment we can help keep all of our Great Lakes healthy and protect inland waters.”

More information about AIS regulations in Minnesota is available on the DNR website.