CLEAN all aquatic plants, animals and mud from your
boat, motor or trailer and discard in the trash. Rinse, scrub or pressure
wash, as appropriate away from storm drains, ditches or waterways. Lawns,
gravel pads, or self-serve car washes are best.
DRAIN your motor, live well, bilge and internal compartments on
land before leaving the waterbody. For paddle boats, drain by
inverting or tilting the craft, opening compartments and removing seats if
necessary. Rinse or flush under flooring, at inflation chamber joints or
other areas that can trap mud and debris.
DRY your boat between uses if possible. Leave compartments open
and sponge out standing water. Find a place that will allow the anchor
line to dry.
Empty your bait bucket on land before
leaving the waterbody. Never release live bait into a waterbody,
or release aquatic animals from one waterbody into another. NOTE: The fine for
releasing live fish into a waterbody they did NOT come from is now a $125,000
fine or the cost of restoring the waterway!