Take a clean boat challenge on website

Published online: Jan 30, 2008 News
The challenge is quiz at http://www.CleanBoats.org. It educates boaters and anglers on how to inspect and clean their boats to ensure that lakes and streams are protected from non-native, aquatic hitchhikers.
"Taking the Clean Boats Challenge will give boaters and anglers the information they need to make personal choices that can help stop the spread of invasive species," said BoatU.S. Foundation Director of Clean Water Programs Susan Shingledecker.
In addition to the short and easy-to-complete Clean Water Challenge, the website also includes information on how to clean a boat properly and some best practices for trailer boaters. For example, it is recommended that a boat and motor be drained and inspected for mud or plant life before departing the launch ramp. It then should be allowed to dry completely for five days before launching into a different body of water.
The website links to a clean boat video demonstration and maps that identify the locations and spread of invasive species. An educator's resource guide are also available at the site. Boaters can even take an online "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers Pledge."
The Izaak Walton League is one of the nation's oldest and most respected conservation organizations with a grass-roots network of over 40,000 members and over 300 local chapters across the U.S.
The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national 501(c)(3) educational and research organization that operates more than a dozen programs including the only accredited, free, online general boating safety course, a low-cost EPIRB rental program, the "Help Stop the Drops" national clean fueling campaign, a free kid's Life Jacket Loaner Program, and has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for nonprofit groups for boating safety and environmental projects.

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