Twin Lakes Lake Education Assistants begin their work

tl-logoTwin Lakes has issued the following press release regarding Lake Education Assistants:

The Village of Twin Lakes has hired four students to work as Lake Education Assistants this summer. The Lake Education Assistants will be educating boaters and conducting free courtesy boat checks throughout the summer at Lake Mary and Lake Elizabeth to assure the boaters do not accidentally spread Eurasian water-milfoil, zebra mussels, and other aquatic invasive species. The inspectors will be stationed at Lance Park and Lake Elizabeth Marina boat launches to help boaters understand Wisconsin’s invasive species laws and what they must do before leaving. “Wisconsin is a great place for fishing and boating. By following simple steps, we can preserve the quality of our lakes for future generations to enjoy,” says Tony Migon, Chairman of the Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Steering Council. Invasive species can crowd out native species, disrupt lake ecosystems, and interfere with boating, fishing and other recreation. The main way that invasive species and fish diseases such as viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) spread to new waters is aboard boating and fishing equipment and live fish or water moved from one waterbody to another. The Lake Education Assistants, who have been trained through Wisconsin’s Clean Boats, Clean Waters program, will demonstrate the required prevention steps boaters must take, provide stickers for boaters to place on their trailer posts to remind them of these steps, and will talk about Wisconsin invasive species and VHS laws. Boaters, anglers, and others enjoying Wisconsin waters are required to: INSPECT boats, trailers, and equipment. REMOVE all attached aquatic plants and animals. DRAIN all water from boats, vehicles, and equipment. NEVER MOVE plants or live fish away from a waterbody. *

*Limited exceptions apply. Visit www.dnr.wi.gov and search for “bait laws.”

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