Quagga mussels at Canyon Lake, a reminder to Clean, Drain and Dry your Watercraft
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are threatening the public’s angling and boating recreation and our state’s water and electrical infrastructure. It is critical for anyone who owns or uses watercraft, or has a business reliant on watercraft, to understand the essential nature of this aquatic invasive species containment effort by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The spread of quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species has far-reaching impacts, both financial and ecological, that can touch virtually every resident of the state.
Before leaving a listed water, like Canyon Lake, you must:
Clean & dry – Remove all mud, plants and mussels from your boat or equipment. This includes hull, anchor and chain or lines, stern attachments, engine and trailer. Allow your boat and equipment to dry the best extent possible before transporting.
Remove plug and drain – Completely drain all water from bilge, live wells, ballast tanks and other compartments prior to transport. If applicable drain water from lower engine unit.
For additional information please visit www.azgfd.gov/ais.