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.

Past events

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!

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:

Find a location near you

Click the icons on the 2019 summary map, above, to learn more about past Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz events! Events for 2020 will be added when dates become available.

Learn how to prevent AIS

Clean. Drain.Dry.

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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.

See detailed guidance for specific recreational activities

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.

Media information

Media contacts for partners is listed below where it is available. If there is no contact listed for your area, please direct your request to the contacts listed under “Become a Partner.”

Beth Wanamaker
Great Lakes Commission
734-971-9135; [email protected]

Rachel Torbert
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
217-785-3953; [email protected]

Tim Schweizer
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
[email protected]

Kim Stanhope
Illinois Natural History Survey
[email protected]

Kevin Walters
Aquatic Biologist
616-250-8637; [email protected]

Jill A. Greenberg
EGLE Public Information Officer
517-897-4965; [email protected]

Adam Doll
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
[email protected]

New York
Catherine McGlynn
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
518-408-0436; [email protected]

Brook Schryer
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
(705) 748-6324; [email protected]

Kelly Donaldson
Pennsylvania Sea Grant
717-350-3913; [email protected]

Tim Campbell
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources / Sea Grant-Extension
203-501-7855; mailto:[email protected]

Jeanne Scherer
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
608-266-0061; [email protected]