MARQUETTE — Ways in which the public can help combat the spread of aquatic invasive species will be the focus of “Landing Blitz 2017” to be held on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dead River Basin East End Boat Launch in Negaunee Township.
During the event, information will be presented on what boaters, anglers and recreational enthusiasts can do to slow the spread of invasive plants and animals such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels. Aquatic invasive species crowd out native species, disrupt lake ecosystems, and interfere with boating, fishing, and other types of recreation.
Landing Blitz 2017 is being hosted in part by Upper Peninsula Power Company and the Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area. Funding for combatting aquatic invasive species is being provided in part with funds from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Michigan Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development. Funding also comes from the Environmental Protection Agency through Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants to the Alger and Marquette County conservation districts.
This event is one of many that will be held at boat landings across Michigan July 1-10 as part of Michigan’s annual Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week. For more information about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species visit www.michigan.gov /invasives and www.cupcwma.org.