2014 Clean Boats Crew season kicks off this weekend

The kickoff for this year’s Clean Boats Crew will be coming up this Saturday, May 24. IISG’s Clean Boats Crew program sends volunteers to boat launches and docks during the height of the boating season, talking to boaters, fishermen, and all recreational water users about simple and effective steps they can take to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. 

The CBC program is looking for volunteers to join our efforts this season as well. You can visit the Clean Boats Crew page linked above for information, or contact Cathy McGlynn at the Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership

Saturday, May 24th will be the kickoff meeting at the lawns in front of the Horticulture Building at the Chicago Botanic Garden from 8:30-11:00 am. Volunteers and people interested in learning more about the program can stop by for coffee and donuts in the morning (RSVP to Sarah Zack to attend). 

Then at noon, site leaders will start conducting outreach for the program at Diversey Harbor, North Point Marina, and Portage Public Marina. Sunday, May 25th, site leaders will be at Burnham Harbor, Chain O’Lakes State Park, and East Chicago Marina. Memorial Day, May 26th, site leaders will again be at Diversey Harbor, North Point Marina, and Portage Public Marina.

Clean Boats Crew members will be providing information and demonstrating simple steps that can be taken to keep aquatic invasive species from finding their way to new waterways, which helps protect and preserve the environment and keeps waterways open for recreation. 

For further information on how you can help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species when you’re on the water, visit TransportZero.org.