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Environmental officials remind boaters to 'Clean, Drain, Dry'

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is asking boaters to help prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals.  Zebra mussels, black and white-striped bivalve mollusks, were discovered in Lake Zoar and Lake Lillinonah in 2010.  These were the first new reports of zebra mussels in Connecticut since 1998 when they were discovered in East and West Twin Lakes in Salisbury. 


Numerous invasive plants have been introduced into Connecticut waters in recent years. These invasive plants can form dense mats, making boating, fishing, swimming and other recreational activities nearly impossible.


Boaters can help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals through a three step process: Clean, Drain, Dry. 


Before leaving a boat launch, clean all visible plant, fish, and animals as well as mud or other debris.  Drain all water from every space and item that may hold water.  Then at home or prior to your next launch, dry anything that comes in contact with water.