WCR DNR staff to be at area waters Saturday for aquatic invasive species outreach

BURNETT/WASHBURN COUNTIES – If you’ll be on the water in Burnett or Washburn counties on Saturday, June 17, you will see Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Clean Boats/Clean Waters staff talking with the public about aquatic invasive species and how to protect the natural resources by preventing their spread.

DNR Conservation Warden Roger Arnould says the good news about these unwanted, damaging species is the WisDNR is part of a strong statewide partnership of public and private stakeholders committed to an effective strategy of prevention, containment and control. “The more you know about these invaders, the more you can do to help stop the spread to Wisconsin’s precious waters,” he said.

Arnould says DNR staff will be there to educate the public about these damaging pests and the enforcement side of stopping the spread of AIS. “It is important the public is aware of these species – which are small but can cause much damage to the waters and the aquatic habitat for fish and other species we want.”

Non-native species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian water milfoil have been detected in Wisconsin’s waterways. Their presence can cause severe damage to local ecosystems, industry and tourism. “Recently, zebra mussels were identified in Big McKenzie Lake in Burnett and Washburn counties,” he said.  

Arnould offers these important easy-to-do steps to take to help prevent the spread of AIS:

  • Inspect boats, trailers and equipment.
  • Remove all attached aquatic plants and animals.
  • Drain all water from boats, vehicles and equipment.
  • Never remove plants or live fish away from a water body.

For more information regarding AIS, search keyword AIS at dnr.wi.gov.

If you have information regarding natural resource violations, you may confidentially report by calling or texting the violation hotline: 800-TIP-WDNR or 800-847-9367. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained staff relay report information to conservation wardens. — from WisDNR