About the Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz
Boaters and other recreators learn about the risks of spreading aquatic invasive species (AIS) at public and private boating access sites across the Great Lakes region every summer. The Great Lakes AIS “Landing Blitz” events take place over a two-week period, emphasizing the need to Clean, Drain, Dry boats whenever they come out of the water, and Dispose of any unwanted bait in the trash.
Local volunteers partner with state and provincial agencies to deliver consistent messaging about preventing the introduction and spread of AIS from the movement of watercraft and equipment between water bodies. Information on these events, including educational materials, locations and volunteer opportunities are posted on this page as they become available.
The Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz is a multi-agency partnership effort. The 2020 event will take place between June 28 – July 5. Partners may also schedule additional events outside of these dates, so be sure to confirm event date and time in our map explorer, below!
Find a location near you
Click the icons on the map below to learn more about anticipated upcoming Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz events! This map will be updated as new information becomes available, but always adhere to your jurisdiction’s social distancing requirements. In addition, this map only shows locations of in-person Landing Blitz events – many of our partners will also be hosting virtual events throughout the same time period!
Become a partner/volunteer
If you are interested in assisting or participating with a landing blitz event near you, please use the contact links below for your state or province:
In 2019, the two week Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz event brought together hundreds of partners to support education efforts and watercraft inspections to reduce the risk of moving AIS between water bodies. Click through the tabs below to learn more about the 2019 event, and check out our fact sheet for even more information about the regional impact of this event!
Learn how to prevent AIS
CLEAN off visible aquatic plants, animals, and mud from all equipment before leaving water access
- Rinse equipment and boat hulls (with high pressure, hot water when possible)
- Rinse interior compartments of boats with low pressure, hot water (120°F)
- Flush motor with hot water (120°F) for 2 minutes (or according to owner’s manual)
DRAIN motor, bilge, livewell, and other water containing devices before leaving water access.
DRY everything for at least five days OR wipe with a towel before reuse.
For ANGLERS, the additional step of DISPOSE is recommended:
DISPOSE of unwanted bait, worms, and fish parts in the trash. When keeping live bait, drain bait container and replace with spring or dechlorinated tap water. Never dump live fish or other organisms from one water body into another.
Each state and province has laws and regulations related to invasive species. Please be aware of state/provincial and local laws when taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. Links in the “Partners” section below will take you to agency websites with information about relevant laws and regulations.
List of Partner Agencies and Organizations (PDF, by location) – last updated June 23, 2020
Contacts (PDF, by location) – last updated June 8, 2020
Boater removing plants from equipment after leaving the water. Credit: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Previous survey and outreach efforts at Illinois boat launch. Credit: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Boat decontamination at Adirondack Welcome Center. Credit: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NYS watercraft inspection steward in action. Credit: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are participating in the Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz by hosting virtual education events on ways you can help prevent the spread of invasive species in Ohio – such as by practicing the Clean, Drain, Dry method when leaving a boat ramp. Credit: Sarah Orlando, Ohio Sea Grant
Paddle with aquatic plants attached. Credit: Cleveland Metroparks
Educating boaters about aquatic invasive species prevention. Credit: Wisconsin Sea Grant
Boat being cleaned to remove aquatic invasive species. Credit: Wisconsin Sea Grant
Removing a boat drain plug. Credit: Ohio Department of Natural Resources Communications (Dropbox file)
Boat propeller with aquatic plants attached. Credit: Ohio Department of Natural Resources Communications (Dropbox file)
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Sea Grant
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ohio Sea Grant
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Pennsylvania Sea Grant
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Québec Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Wisconsin Sea Grant