Clean Drain Dry encourages recreationists to clean, drain, and dry all boats and equipment to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and organisms into and between BC’s lakes and rivers. Invasive plants and animals can be moved between water bodies by “hitchhiking” on boats, trailers, SUP’s, kayaks, fishing gear, and bait buckets. Using proper technique to remove aquatic animal and plant material from your gear before moving your it to a new water body helps to prevent the spread of invasives.
Follow these steps to effectively Clean Drain Dry:
- CLEAN off all plant parts, animals, and mud from boat and equipment (e.g. boots, waders, fishing gear). Use a power wash station if available.
- DRAIN onto land all items that can hold water (e.g. buckets, wells, bilge, and ballast).
- DRY all items completely before launching into another body of water.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who runs the Clean Drain Dry program?
The Clean, Drain, Dry outreach program is operated by the Invasive Species Council of B.C. in partnership with the B.C. provincial government, Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., the B.C. Wildlife Federation, lakeside stewardship groups, and regional invasive species committees.
Is it illegal to transport invasive mussels?
What is the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council doing to help?
SSISC staff visit boat launches throughout the Sea to Sky, informing recreationists about Clean Drain Dry and surveying boaters to gather further information about the movement of boats into and out of the region to inform future outreach. SSISC also actively monitors Sea to Sky lakes for the presence of invasive mussels. In addition, SSISC works with local government to develop and install informative signage for high usage boat launches. Throughout the season, the Clean Drain Dry messaging is shared at events, outreach booths, the SSISC website, and via social media streams.
Make a Difference
Learn how to identify & prevent the spread of aquatic invasives
In just 30 minutes, you will learn about 9 different aquatic invasive species – how to identify them, their impacts and current distribution within the Sea to Sky, and how you can protect our community by preventing further spread. The Aquatic Invasives 101 course is completely free, online, and family-friendly.
The B.C Invasive Mussel Defence program’s goal is to prevent the introduction of Zebra and Quagga Mussels into B.C. The program’s prevention efforts are focused on inspecting boats, monitoring lakes, educating the public and coordinating actions with neighbouring jurisdictions.