Archives for June 8, 2020

Clean Boats Clean Waters

MLA CLEAN BOATS/CLEAN WATERS BOAT INSPECTIONS ARE BEING CONDUCTED ON BIG, MIDDLE, AND LOWER MCKENZIE PUBLIC BOAT LANDINGS AS OF MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FOLLOWING CDC AND STATE GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19.

Through a DNR grant for 2020, paid and volunteer CBCW boat inspectors will be at the public boat landings throughout the summer every weekend and holiday from 8 AM to 5 PM.  Inspectors will be talking to boaters, conducting AIS boat inspections for aquatic invasive species (plants), and informing boaters about the use of the decontamination station.  Zebra mussels, an invasive species, are present in both Big and Middle McKenzie.  It is an enforceable county law in both Burnett and Washburn Counties that where there is a decon station present, all boaters must spray their watercraft before entering and after leaving a body of water.

Here are the most recent CDC and state guidelines for Covid-19:

 

Good morning CBCW grantees,

 

Watercraft inspection guidelines that follow the Governor’s Badger Bounce Back Plan and the U.S. CDC Guidelines for Opening Up America Again are now available on the CBCW COVID-19 Updates webpage, as well as a two-page handout (attached). The CBCW program recommends a phased approach to conducting watercraft inspections and CBCW trainings this summer. While these guidelines provide ways to conduct watercraft inspections and follow recommended safety precautions, please remember that watercraft inspection is a voluntary activity. The health and safety of inspectors come first.

 

Thanks to all of you who responded to the face mask survey! We will be offering two free, 4-ply, reusable cloth face masks to all inspectors. Our shipment of masks is expected to arrive in June, and I will let everyone know when they’re available to order.

 

Thank you for your patience with the development of these guidelines! Please let me know if you have any questions about them or the CBCW program. Questions about CBCW grants should be directed to Alex Delvoye with the Wisconsin DNR.

 

Enjoy the sunshine today!

 

Erin

 

Erin McFarlane

Statewide CBCW Educator

Extension Lakes

phone: 715-346-4978

e-mail: erin.mcfarlane@uwsp.edu

 

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

College of Natural Resources, Rm 212

800 Reserve Street

Stevens Point, WI  54481