How many times have you stepped out of the lake and had lake weed clinging to you? The same thing happens to your boats, even kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards! This is the main way aquatic invasive plants move and spread. You can help by CLEANing, DRAINing, and DRYing your watercraft!
May is Invasive Species Action Month!
One aquatic plant that has been spread around BC simply by hitching a ride on boats is Eurasian watermilfoil. Eurasian watermilfoil is a common aquarium plant, but when released into natural waterbodies, it can spread very efficiently through seeds, roots, buds and stem fragments. Boat motors also help to cut the plants up into fragments, further helping it spread. This plant can slow down the flow of the water, attracting insects like mosquitos, reducing the area that can be used for swimming or boat recreation.
What can you do?
You can help by participating in Clean Drain Dry! This means that you should clean all plants, animals and mud from your boats and gear. Next, drain all the water from your boat and gear onto land. Lastly, dry your boat, and all your gear before heading out to a new location! This helps to care for your watercraft, but also helps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasives.
For additional information on Clean Drain Dry and some other aquatic invasives, visit https://bcinvasives.ca/play-your-part/clean-drain-dry/