6/14/13

New campaign asks water lovers to help stop aquatic invaders

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are collaborating on a new campaign to get boaters, fishers, divers, and everyone who loves spending time on the water involved in protecting the environment. 
 
Be a Hero – Transport Zero” is a multi-season message that strikes at one of the big problems facing our waterways – aquatic invasive species. With three simple steps, though, everyone can help stop the spread of these aquatic invaders. Each time you leave a body of water, just take a minute to go through these easy procedures: 

 - Remove any plants, animals, and mud from boats, trailers and equipment

 - Drain everything (bait buckets, live wells, etc.)

 - Dry everything with a towel

From boaters and kayakers to waterfowl hunters, scuba divers, sea plane operators, and more, everyone can help prevent invasive species from taking over their favorite waterways with these three actions. 

Throughout the outdoor season, look for our television spot on both Outdoors Traditions and Illinois Outdoors TV, listen in to WGN Radio for our commercials, and check out our print ad in Illinois Outdoor News. You can also watch Kevin Irons of Illinois DNR talk about the campaign on WICS news.

And visit www.TransportZero.org to learn more about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

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