Clean Boats, Clean Waters is a volunteer
watercraft inspection program intended to educate boaters on aquatic
invasive species and how to prevent their spread between lakes.
Inspectors work at public boat landings and talk to boaters about
prevention procedures to stop aquatic hitchhikers. Clean Boats,
Clean Waters is a cooperative effort between the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources: http://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/CBCW/
, the University of Wisconsin Extension:
www.uwsp.edu/cnr/uwexlakes/cbcw , and the
volunteers who work to make the program a success.
The Van Vliet Lake Association would like to join
the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program by recruiting and training
volunteers to work at our boat landing. Click here to read a letter about the plan.
Please let us know if you are interested in helping
with this program. We will be organizing training sessions for
people who can volunteer one or several two hour shifts at the boat
landing this summer. We need a person to submit the inspection
reports to the DNR website. Finally, we need folks willing to help
with the recruiting and organizing of volunteer schedules.
Click here to send us an email that you can
In 2009, we monitored the landing on 9 different
days for a total of 61 credited hours (number of people staffing the
landing times the number of hours). There were 55 boats
inspected and we had 17 volunteers help with the program.
In 2010, we staffed the landing for the entire
spring walleye tournament and had some coverage for each day of the
fall musky tournament. We also monitored the landing on 5
other days for a total of 11 days, 63 hours, 70 boats, and 10
In 2011, we staffed the landing on 13 days for 74
credited hours. We had 12 volunteers who inspected 59 boats.
In 2012, we staffed the landing on 11 days for
71.5 credited hours. We had 8 volunteers who inspected 68
In 2013, we staffed the landing on 14 days for
88.75 credited hours. We had 11 volunteers who inspected 95
We also had student interns staff the landing for 50 hours and
inspect 38 boats.