Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

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Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) is an aquatic plant that grows in lakes and streams. It can quickly take over shallow streams and ponds, choking out native plants and increasing habitat for mosquitoes.

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The Clean Drain Dry program empowers you to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and organisms to BC waters.

As individual recreationists, marinas, and stewardship groups, we can all help to reduce the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species such as Zebra and Quagga mussels, Largemouth bass, and Eurasian watermilfoil.

Protect Canada’s Natural Beauty | Clean Drain Dry

About Clean Drain Dry

Boats and other watercraft, including kayaks and canoes, easily and frequently carry invasive species from one body of water to another. These aquatic invaders are entering BC’s beautiful lakes, streams, and wetlands. Boaters, anglers and paddlers can all take action now to help stop the spread by practicing Clean Drain Dry. 

Clean Drain Dry

Help Stop the Spread

1. Clean off all plants, animals and mud from your boat and gear. Ensure that anything you remove is disposed of onto land. Do a visual inspection of the watercraft and gear to make sure everything is removed.
2. Drain all water from your boat and gear onto land. This includes all internal compartments, ballast tanks, live wells, bilges, bait buckets, motors etc. Pull all plugs—it is illegal to transport plugged watercraft in some provinces and US states.
3. Dry all parts of your boat and gear completely. Make sure no water is left standing. Use a sponge or towel for hard to dry areas.

Specific actions for your type of recreation

Best practices for boaters

Best practices for anglers

Best practices for paddlers

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