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Posted on: July 5, 2018

Invasive Species

Lake scene light dancing across pond

Water resources in Lenawee County have important recreational values for fishing, boating, and swimming, as well as the intrinsic natural beauty they possess.

There are 252 lakes and ponds covering a total area of 5,496 acres and were formed largely as a result of the depressions left during the glacial periods. 

Check out more on Lenawee's Natural resources in the Parks & Recreation Plan  

From the DEQ, DNR, and Michigan Agriculture:  Aquatic invasive species in Lenawee and in Michigan is a reality that every resident and visitor should take seriously! Anyone enjoying our waters can help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by following these simple steps:

Required Actions – It’s the Law in Michigan

•Remove aquatic plants from boats, boating equipment and boat trailers before launching or placing in the water.  
•Drain live wells, bilges and all water from boats before leaving the access site.  
•Dispose of unused bait in the trash. Do not release bait into the water.  
•Don’t transfer fish to water bodies other than where they were caught.  

Recommended Actions – Protect Our Waters

•Inspect and remove plants and mud from boats and trailers, and dry equipment before leaving the access area. Dispose of the material in a trash receptacle or otherwise away from the water body, if possible.  
•Wash boats and trailers before leaving the access area, if possible, or at a nearby car wash or at home.  
•Dry boats and equipment for at least five days before launching into a different body of water.  
•Disinfect live wells and bilges with a bleach solution of one half-cup of bleach to five gallons of water.  

A short DEQ video from a past Landing Blitz shows how easy it is to clean, drain and dry boats and trailers. Additionally, several DEQ educational videos about invasive species can be viewed here.

With recent discoveries of invasive species such as red swamp crayfish in at least 16 bodies of water, and parrot feather, an invasive aquatic plant, in three separate ponds, the week takes on added importance. Many invasive species are easily spread by boaters and anglers who use their equipment in multiple bodies of water without properly cleaning it.
The Great Lakes and Michigan’s inland waters annually draw millions of recreational users and tourists, and already are negatively affected by numerous aquatic invasive species. Preventing the further introduction of additional invasive species is a responsibility of everyone who uses these valuable fresh-water resources.

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