What is the Clean Boats Crew Volunteer Outreach Program?

Clean Boats Crew is a volunteer outreach program that empowers image of Clean Boats Crewthe public to keep their waters free from aquatic invasive species (AIS). Clean Boats Crew members talk with boaters, anglers, and other recreational water users at local boat ramps about AIS and apply simple steps to prevent transfer of AIS from one waterbody to another. Clean Boats Crew members can share educational information about invasive species, as well as demonstrate cleaning techniques for boats, trailers, and other equipment. These actions make a big difference in preventing the spread of AIS.

How do I join the Clean Boats Crew?

There are two ways to join the Clean Boats Crew, as a Site Leader or a volunteer. Site Leaders are hired to conduct outreach, direct a crew of volunteers, and provide on-site training as necessary for new recruits.  Clean Boats Crew volunteers donate their time and pledge a small commitment to helping the Clean Boats Crew program.  You can volunteer for a whole weekend, or just a few hours! All Clean Boats Crew site leaders and volunteers are able to attend a short, free, optional training workshop that provides information about AIS, offers guidance on how to effectively educate the public, and educates participants about the AIS prevention steps. More information about the training workshops and how to volunteer can be found here.

The schedule for the 2015 season of the Cleant Boats Crew is set! Click on the location for the 2015 schedule. The 2015 Clean Boats Crew manual can be found here.

Lake and Cook Counties, Illnois
Northwest Indiana

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Pat Charlebois
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

Danielle Hilbrich
Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Educator

Greg Hitzroth
Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist

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