(Waukesha, Wis.) – Waukesha County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) staff encourage residents to volunteer for the state Clean boats, clean waters project to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and fish diseases between lakes, rivers and streams. Free trainings for boat launch inspectors are held throughout May.
“Volunteering at your local boat launch is a great way to get involved with the ever-growing world of aquatic invasive species,” said Amanda Schmitz, AIS Coordinator for Washington and Waukesha Counties. “People can make a difference by preventing the spread of these species to water bodies across the state and beyond!”
Volunteer inspectors are trained to perform boat and trailer checks for invasive species, distribute informational pamphlets and report any new infestations of water bodies. Training dates are open to new and returning volunteers.
Clean boats, training of clean water inspectors:
- Monday, May 9 – West Bend, 5-7 p.m.
Big Cedar Lake PRD – 4480 Gonring Dr., West Bend, WI 53095
- Wednesday, May 11 – Oconomowoc, 5-7 p.m.
Oconomowoc Community Center – 220 W. Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
- Wednesday, May 18 – Waukesha, 5-7 p.m.
Retzer Nature Center – S14 W28167 Madison St, Waukesha, WI 53188
- Tuesday, May 24 – West Bend, 5-7 p.m.
Public Agencies Center – 333 E Washington St (Room #3224), West Bend, WI 53095
For more information or to register, contact Amanda Schmitz, AIS Coordinator for Washington and Waukesha Counties at [email protected] or (262) 483-9687. To learn more about the Waukesha County Invasive Species Program, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/ais or http://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/invasives.