In 2017, the Benzie Conservation District received Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program funds to commence a program focused on aquatic invasive species (AIS) pathways. The project focuses on providing educational boat wash events at public boat launches across four northern counties - Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee. Additionally, periodic lake surveys are completed throughout the region to identify invasive species and to test the health of that body of water.
AIS are unknown by many water recreation enthusiasts and if precautions are not taken, we run the risk of spreading harmful species from one body of water to another. This region boasts some of the country's most beautiful fresh water resources, and we are happy to work towards improved public awareness of the very real threat of AIS.