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Clean Boats, Clean Waters

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Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species!

For the fifth year, Dane County is actively participating in the statewide Clean Boats, Clean Waters program to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Look for our inspectors Gary and Jalen at boat landings, where they are talking with boaters about the aquatic invasives prevention steps: 1) inspect boats, 2) remove plants, 3) drain all water from boat and equipment, and 4) never move plants or live fish away from a waterbody. Ask them where to find Dane County's Aquatic Invasives Removal Stations, with tools to help you reach plants under your boats and trailers. Visit this Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources page for more about state invasive species requirements. Check out these statewide Clean Boats, Clean Waters training videos where Gary shares his expertise.

Read more about our 2015 staff and their experiences below.


Gary Harper

Gary Harper

My name is Gary Harper and this is my third year with Dane County working with Clean Boats Clean Waters. I have enjoyed meeting the people who use our waters, and feel we have made a difference to help keep our waters clean for years to come. We get the information out about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species to the people using our lakes and streams, and ask them to help us. I feel we along with the public’s help will have a very positive impact on our lakes and streams and receive a lot of positive response to what we do. I work with people very dedicated to keeping our land and waters clean for now and the future, and am very proud to be a part of this team.


Jalen Riddle

Jalen Riddle

My name is Jalen Riddle, and I am 21 years old and a student at the UW- Whitewater where I am studying environmental science. This is my second year with the Dane County Clean Boats Clean Waters program. I have always had a love for the outdoors, especially fishing. After college, I plan to work for the DNR as a game warden. Being a hunter and angler, I care and want to protect our natural resources and this is the main reason I applied for this job. I love this job because it allows me to educate others about invasive species, allows me to do my part in protecting our native species, and allows me to pick up on the hottest bite on the Madison chain of lakes.

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