Aquatic invasive species (AIS) can reduce or eliminate native plants and fish in local waters or impede people’s ability to swim, boat and fish. Unfortunately, AIS are easily transported by water recreation equipment—they can be spread from one infested waterbody to another when they stick to boats, trailers, and other gear, or when they hitch a ride in bilge, live well, or bait bucket water. If you recreate on a body of water, as many people do, you could potentially contribute to the spread of AIS.
Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!™ and Be a Hero—Transport Zero™ are programs designed to help recreational water users learn how to prevent the spread of AIS using simple steps. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!™ is a national campaign focusing on AIS prevention. Be a Hero—Transport Zero™ is an invasive species campaign used statewide in Illinois to raise awareness of all invaders—on land and in water. Preventing the spread of AIS is essential to reducing environmental impacts and economic losses, and to preserving our waters so that we may swim, boat, and fish for many years to come.
The Be a Hero-Transport Zero™ campaign is made possible through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Funding is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Did you know that "recreational water users" include boaters, sailors, anglers, sea plane operators, waterfowl hunters, kayakers, canoeists, personal watercraft users, and scuba divers? It's a huge group of people. Most people will use a lake or river for recreation at some point in their lives!
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