6 Things to Know to Stop Invaders from Hitchhiking on Your Boat

Author: Rebecca Williams [Michigan Radio]

There are more than 11,000 inland lakes in Michigan, and a lot of us love to take boats out on them. But invasive species also like to catch a ride on boats, and that’s a major way they get from one lake to another.

You might see people wearing blue t-shirts when you go to a boat launch this summer. They’re with the program Clean Boats Clean Waters, and they want to show you a few things about where invasive species like to hide out.

Jo Latimore is the technical consultant for the program. She says a lot of the invasive species that are transported on boating equipment get attached during launching and bringing the boat out of the water.

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