Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group

Clean, Drain, and Dry

All vessels launching into BC waters are encouraged to follow the '"Clean, Drain, Dry" approach; this is to prevent the spread of AIS in general within BC including Eurasian watermilfoil, New Zealand mudsnail and Dreissenid mussels.

The "Clean, Drain, Dry" program is operated by the Invasive Species Council of B.C. in partnership with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., the B.C. Wildlife Federation, lakeside stewardship groups and regional invasive species committees. The program encourages boaters to use proper techniques to remove aquatic animal and plant material from their boats, trailers and boat gear.

Clean - Absent visible Aquatic Invasive Species or attached vegetation, dirt, debris or surface deposits including mussel shells or residue on the watercraft, trailer, outdrive or equipment that could mask the presence of attached mussels

Drained - To the extent practical, all water drained from any live-well, bait-well, storage compartment, bilge area, engine compartment, deck, ballast tank, water storage and delivery systems, cooler or other water storage area on the watercraft, trailer, engine or equipment

Dry - No visible sign of standing water, or in the case of equipment, wetness on or in the watercraft, trailer, engine or equipment

Inform other members of the public about invasive mussels and how they can help to prevent entry into BC waters through Clean, Drain and Dry.