Dane County watercraft inspectors will be educating boaters and conducting free courtesy boat checks from Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4, on Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa to assure that boaters do not accidentally spread Eurasian water-milfoil, zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species.
The inspectors, who are a mix of paid Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds staff and volunteers, will be rotating among several of the busiest boat landings to help boaters understand Wisconsin’s invasive species laws and what they must do before leaving.
"Dane County 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," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.
Invasive species can crowd out native species, disrupt lake ecosystems and interfere with boating, fishing and other recreation.