Leelanau News and Events

Lime Lake Association To Host Boat Wash Day August 6

By Emily Tyra | July 25, 2022

The Lime Lake Association will host a boat wash and educational event at the DNR launch Saturday Aug. 6 from 9:30am to 3pm to bring attention to the threat of aquatic invasive species in Leelanau County. The Benzie Conservation District will have their portable wash and staff there to instruct boat owners on proper boat cleaning techniques. Leelanau Clean Water will provide information about the destruction invasive species and the steps people can take to keep Leelanau County waters healthy.

Lisa Genesen, a representative from the Lime Lake Association (a nonprofit composed of homeowners working to preserve the purity and beauty of Lime Lake), notes that Lime Lake does not have a permanent boat washing station. She says that is why it’s crucial that visitors to the lake understand the importance of cleaning their boats to combat the spread of organisms like the Eurasian Watermifoil (EWM).

EWM is currently threatening Lake Leelanau and can easily be spread to other lakes.

Emily Cook, aquatic invasive species coordinator with the Benzie Conservation District also notes that cleaning a boat before entering a new lake is the law in Michigan. That entails:
• Removing all aquatic organisms, including plants, from watercraft and trailers before launching or transporting.
• Removing all drain plugs and drain all water from bilges, ballast tanks and live wells before transporting a watercraft.
• Disposing of unused bait in the trash, not in the water.

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