As fishing and boating seasons officially kick off this Saturday, May 15, Wildlife Forever, Scott County, and leading conservation groups from across the state and country proclaim Saturday, May 15 as Clean Drain Dry Day. Supporting organizations have signed a Conservation Proclamation to highlight the importance of invasive species awareness when boating and angling.
During the pandemic, millions of new boaters and anglers purchased boats, fishing licenses, and equipment in search of safe outdoor activities. Educating this new audience about invasive species and the Clean Drain Dry conservation practices is important to protect the resource and future of outdoor recreation. Invasive species are preventable; their spread can be slowed by giving every craft a thorough inspection before and after entering a waterbody.
“Fishing and boating season is a great time to enjoy the thousands of lakes and waterways that Minnesota has to offer. However, to protect our state’s waters, we must be diligent. Invasive species are preventable, and everyone needs to do their part to stop the spread. Every boat, every time,” said Sarah Strommen, MN Department of Natural Resources Commissioner.
Fishing and boating generate $300 billion into the U.S. economy, where revenues are used to fund habitat restoration, stocking, and other conservation efforts. Invasive species pose a direct threat to local economies and natural resources by reducing biodiversity, water quality and impeding access for recreation. Clean Drain Dry Day is a moment to remind all recreational users of the simple steps to help prevent invasive species spread.
“Minnesota is a leader with invasive species prevention. I want to thank Minnesota Governor Tim Walz for his support in recognizing the countless partners working together to protect our natural resources. I look forward to working more closely with our industry and community stakeholders,” said Pat Conzemius, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever.
“Scott County is dedicated to protecting our community from the impacts caused by AIS. I want to thank our local and state partners for working together to educate the importance of Clean Drain Dry,” said Melissa Bokman Ermer, Senior Water Resources Planner, Scott County Natural Resources.
Dane Huinker, Wildlife Forever: Dhuinker@wildlifeforever.org
Melissa Bokman Ermer, Scott County Natural Resources: email@example.com