CLEAN DRAIN DRY (CDD) is a public awareness campaign aimed at preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species. It is a call-to-action encouraging the users of New Brunswick’s lakes and rivers to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY their boats, trailers, and other recreational equipment to stop ‘aquatic hitchhikers’. Ultimately, it is a call-to-action.
© Meghann Bruce
Why are aquatic invasive species bad?
Aquatic invasive species pose a significant threat to New Brunswick’s aquatic habitats in many ways, such as by disrupting food chains, outcompeting native species, altering habitats, impacting water quality, and clogging waterways and infrastructure.
Aquatic invasives are a particular threat to Species At Risk, such as the Brook Floater and Yellow Lampmussels we have here in NB, as their numbers are already low. Numerous aquatic invasive plant and animal species have already been introduced to the province, such as the European green crab and Eurasian Water Milfoil, with the extent of infestation varying greatly between waterbodies. Some species have yet to spread to the province- such as zebra mussels- but have had devastating impacts elsewhere, so preventing their introduction is critical.
© Dave Britton
The NBISC CLEAN DRAIN DRY program is made up of two strategies: increasing awareness across the province about aquatic invasive species and their impacts, and enhancing collaboration and capacity among environmental non-profit organizations and other stakeholders. To learn more about out activities and how you can get involved, click the button below.
How does CLEAN DRAIN DRY help?
Getting rid of, or even just controlling, an invasive species once it has arrived is very difficult. That is why preventing the spread of the species in the first place is essential. The key to doing this is identifying the ‘pathways of invasion’- the ways in which they spread- and putting a stop to them.
For aquatic invasive species, a major uncontrolled pathway is through movement of users and their equipment between waterbodies: plants and animals are unknowingly transported with them by clinging to watercraft, getting stuck on motors, and hitching a ride in standing water such as live wells or ballast tanks. Fortunately, users can do their part to block this pathway by cleaning off all organic matter, draining any standing water, and drying the watercraft or equipment completely before entering a new body of water.
Take The Pledge!
Ready to do your part to stop aquatic hitchhikers? Take the pledge to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY to help us prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species!
Visit cleandraindry.ca for more information.