Clean, Drain and Dry -Protecting Oregon’s Waterways
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!
Learn to recognize these species and report any you find to the toll-free Oregon Invasive Species hotline,1-866-INVADER.