Day 152 | June 1, 2014

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

4-H2O summer camp participants enjoying an educational boat ride on an upstate waterway. Photo courtesy of Clemson Pickens County 4-H2O.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

A great day at the lake can inadvertently lead to the spread aquatic pests if we are not careful. The good news is that there are things that can be done to reduce the spread of aquatic pests. Contamination of other water supplies or bodies of water can be reduced when those boating or fishing

  • clean all equipment thoroughly, being especially vigilant for pests, like hydrilla or zebra mussels, before moving to a different body of water;
  • do not transport animals, plants, insects, or water from one body of water to another;
  • use bait from the area you are fishing in; and
  • drain all water from bait buckets and live wells onto land.

Learn more from our partners at "Protect Your Waterways" >


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