Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance’s Winnebago Waterways Clean Boats, Clean Waters (CBCW) program is having a very successful summer! We have shared the message of stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species with 1,140 contacts around the Winnebago system! Our CBCW intern, Dustin, has been at multiple boat launches including Neenah Recreation Park, Jefferson Park, High Cliff State Park, Columbia County Park, Stockbridge Harbor, Grundman Park, Calumet County Park, Stearns Park in Omro, Lakeside West Park, and Fisherman’s Point.
Over the course of the summer, we partnered with the Wisconsin DNR for both the Drain Campaign and the Landing Blitz. The Drain Campaign, held June 9th through the 11th, focused on educating the public about draining all water from their boats including the livewells, bilges, and engines. As part of this event, the FWWA, handed out over 450 ice packs for anglers to use to ice their catch rather than illegally transport living fish in their livewells. During the Drain Campaign, Dustin (FWWA’s CBCW intern) spoke with over 150 boaters, anglers, and other users of the Lake Winnebago system about AIS prevention.
The “Landing Blitz” was held June 30th through July 4th with efforts focused on educating the public about how they can help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. FWWA distributed over 190 towels, in partnership with Wisconsin DNR, to boaters and anglers as a thank you for their efforts to stop aquatic hitchhikers. Over the course of
the event, 387 contacts were made by FWWA personal. In addition, WFRV- CBS Channel 5 posted our press release on their website and our CBCW intern Dustin was interviewed by Fox-11 News about the event! Check out the press release and interview HERE and HERE!
Our CBCW program is still going strong with plans to continue outreach at launches throughout the Winnebago System through early September. Learn more about FWWA’s AIS Program by clicking here.