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What is Clean Drain Dry?

Aquatic invasive species threaten Canada’s water bodies and the wildlife that rely on them. They spread alarmingly fast and can impact the environment and economy, and damage the recreational areas that we enjoy. Water-based recreational activities can spread aquatic invasive species to new locations. Aquatic invasive species can cling to watercraft and gear, or be transported in standing water to new bodies of water.

The Clean, Drain, Dry campaign is a call to action that empowers recreational users of aquatic resources to help stop the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species through changes in behaviour.

You can help by taking the following actions:

  • Understand the threats of aquatic invasive species.
  • Learn to recognize aquatic invasive species and know where to look for them.
  • Clean, Drain and Dry all watercraft, trailer, motors, and gear every time, everywhere.
  • Never release or move fish, animals, or plants from one waterbody into another.
  • Report new sightings of aquatic invasive species.
  • Help inform others about the threat of aquatic invasive species.
  • Encourage your elected officials to support measures that prevent aquatic invasive species.

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species is pleased to work in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in launching a pilot Clean Drain Dry program in BC. Once the pilot is complete, CCIS will look to expand the program nationally. The project aims to encourage boaters and aquatic recreationists, who play a critical role in protecting local watersheds from invasive species, to clean, drain, and dry all boats, equipment, and gear, particularly to prevent the spread of invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels. Over a three-year pilot term, we will develop resources, signage and a social and digital media campaign. These resources will be designed to shift the behaviour of boaters and aquatic recreationists to encourage the practice of Clean, Drain and Dry (CDD) of all watercraft and equipment. Resources developed through this pilot project will provide the foundation for their use nationally and will be available to other partners, organizations and the public across Canada.

The first phase of the CDD pilot program is to test out signage at waterfront locations across BC. We invite local aquatic stewards in BC to apply to become CDD Signage Pilot Partners. Appointed partners will be provided newly designed CDD pilot signs to increase messaging to people using local watersheds.

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Clean Drain Dry Steps

Clean, Drain and Dry conveys a simple and effective procedure for recreational users to follow:


Inspect and clean plants, animals and mud from watercraft, trailer and gear.


Drain all water from your watercraft, trailer and gear (e.g. buckets, well, bilge, ballast etc.)


Dry all parts of your watercraft, trailer and gear completely between trips.

Note: Provinces and territories have varying regulations and requirements when it comes to requirements for cleaning, draining and drying to stop aquatic invasive species. Learn more about your own province’s or territories rules and regulations under “Other Clean Drain Dry Programs across Canada” below.

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Take the Pledge!

We need to be effective stewards of our environment and that’s what the Clean Drain Dry campaign is all about. By taking the pledge, you become a member of a special group of stewards who love and enjoy our waters and want to prevent the impacts of invasive species. The pledge is a reminder and a statement about how you value Canada’s resources.

Take the pledge today, adopt the right behaviors to protect the environment from aquatic hitchhikers, and help us reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species. All you need to do is fill out the form below.

When you take the Pledge, you agree to:

  • CLEAN plants, animals and mud from your boat and gear.
  • DRAIN all water from your boat and gear onto land.
  • DRY all parts of your boat and gear completely.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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Become a Clean Drain Dry Partner

Join forces with like-minded individuals, organizations, and businesses across Canada. Become a Clean Drain Dry partner now!

Each partnership opportunity provides a variety of benefits to support shared goals at the level that feels right for you. The available benefits are listed when you choose the partner type that is right for you.

See current Clean Drain Dry partners.


Encouraging a growing the number of individuals is fundamental to a successful behaviour change program. Across Canada, especially within key target groups and youth, the aim is to have responsible individuals gain awareness and personally ‘adopt’ a behaviour change program.  Supporters are individuals who pledge to adopt Clean Drain Dry. Supporters serve as role models and encourage others to join.

Organizational Partners

Organizational partners are critically important to sustaining Clean Drain Dry and spreading its message and resources. As an organizational partner, you will receive various benefits, while contributing to the strength and sustainability of the program.

Multiple Program Partnerships

We currently offer partnerships for 4 of our national take action programs, including Clean Drain Dry, Buy Local Burn Local, Play Clean Go, and Don’t Let it Loose. Organizations interested in becoming partners for multiple programs will receive a discounted partnership rate. Please contact our Programs Coordinator at to learn more.

*Discount available for non-profit organizations
Supporter $40 Supporter (CCIS Member) $30 Organizational Partner Lvl 1 $150 Organizational Partner Lvl 1 (CCIS Member) $100 Organizational Partner Lvl 2 $400 Organizational Partner Lvl 2 (CCIS Member) $325
Organization name listed on CCIS’s ‘Partners’ webpage
Organization logo and link featured on CCIS’s ‘Partners’ webpage
Organization featured as a partner in CCIS’s quarterly e-newsletter
Free welcome swag
3 resources with partner’s logo added, provided in digital format
Use of program logo for marketing, communications and education
Access to Partner Library with all resource graphic and print files (access for up to 6 staff)
Complimentary customization of new or existing resource(s) (2 hours of graphic design)

Contributing Partners

Contributing partners are critically important to sustaining all of our programs. Contributing partners receive brand visibility and marketing opportunities through a variety of sponsor visibility packages, specific for each program. Each program website will profile the relevant contributing partners.

  • Contributing partners can select to be promoted in one or more of the changing behaviour programs through online, print or social media.
  • Contributing partners can choose to advertise in one or more program’s quarterly newsletter.
  • Contributing partners can be recognized through the social media campaigns for one or more programs.
  • Contributing partners may want to take advantage of the opportunity to put their brand on various Program resources.
  • Contributing partners are open to pursuing to customized sponsorship opportunities with the CCIS based on organizational needs and priorities.

Complete the form below to join now

  • $ 0.00 CAD
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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Clean Drain Dry BC Pilot

The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is partnering with aquatic stewardship groups throughout the Province to pilot newly designed Clean Drain Dry signs at waterfront locations. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information on the Clean Drain Dry BC Pilot or to apply today click here.

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Other Provincial & Territorial Requirements Across Canada

The National Clean Drain Dry program is not meant to replace existing programs across Canada, but rather to supplement them. Many provinces and territories also have their own regulations and requirements regarding aquatic invasive species and transportation of watercraft. Read below to find your provincial or territorial program and associated regulations and requirements.


Alberta has taken great strides to address one of the largest threats to freshwater resources in the West – Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). These pests have the potential to cause severe damage to our environment, economy and society. To combat the risk of an AIS infestation, a remarkable partnership of government, stakeholders and industry has built an intricate system where none existed just 10 years ago.

Within the Ministry of Environment and Parks, the Alberta Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program is led by the Fish and Wildlife Policy Division. It is important to note that the success of the program would not be possible without the overwhelming support and delivery provided by Operations Infrastructure (watercraft inspections), Alberta Support and Emergency Response Team (ASERT – response planning), the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division (EMSD – monitoring), Parks (education, monitoring and roving inspections), Community Engagement Branch (graphic design, education strategies and materials), and Communications (social media and advertising). While there are only three dedicated full-time staff in the AIS program, many passionate and dedicated individuals have committed substantial time and support to this effort. In this sense, the program benefits from a phenomenal amount of “in kind” support, from both cross-ministry government staff, as well as essential non-government stakeholders.

The Alberta AIS Program includes five elements:

  1. Policy and Legislation,
  2. Watercraft Inspections,
  3. Education and Outreach,
  4. Monitoring, and
  5. Response.

For more information visit their website.

Aquatic Invasive Species Reporting 1 855 336 BOAT (2628)

Email the AIS Program here.

British Columbia

If you are transporting a watercraft in B.C. it is mandatory to stop and report to all invasive mussel watercraft inspection stations along your travel route. For more information about the BC Watercraft Inspection Stations please click HERE.

Report suspected contaminated boats carrying invasive mussels that may be travelling from out-of-Province to the RAPP line (1-877-952-7277). If you’re bringing your boat from out-of-province, contact the Provincial Program at to determine if your boat is HIGH-RISK and should be decontaminated for possible zebra or quagga mussel presence before accessing B.C.’s lakes and rivers. It’s free! Transporting live or dead Zebra/Quagga mussels into B.C. is a provincial offence under the Controlled Alien Species (CAS) Regulation under the Wildlife Act.

For more information about other invasive species please click HERE.


To protect Manitoba’s waters and valuable aquatic resources from the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels, visit by clicking here.

Here you can learn about:

  • how to be compliant with Manitoba’s specific provincial requirements during the open-water and winter (closed-water) seasons,
  • AIS Control Zones,
  • importation rules,
  • watercraft inspection schedules and
  • set-fines for AIS offences.


If you are transporting a watercraft into, or within Saskatchewan, it is mandatory to remove the drain plug prior to transport and to stop at all watercraft inspection stations you encounter in your travels.

If you’re are coming from, or returning home from out-of-province, contact the Ministry of Environment 1-800-567-4224 to determine if your boat is HIGH-RISK and should be inspected (and possibly decontaminated) for aquatic invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels, prior to accessing Saskatchewan’s lakes and rivers.  Transporting live or dead Zebra/Quagga mussels into Saskatchewan is a provincial offence under The Fisheries Regulations.

For more information about other invasive species click here.

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Resource Library

The resources below are available to anyone for download, as is. If you’re looking to adapt the resources to suit your needs, become a partner by joining above. For additional questions or concerns, contact us.

Note: the resources below were developed through the BC Clean Drain Dry pilot and the messaging is specific to BC. Resources can be tailored to suit the rules and regulations of a province or territory after joining as a partner.

CDD Sign - Motorized
CDD Sign - Non-motorized
CDD Sign - General
CDD Sign - General
CDD Decal
CDD Sign - Bilingual
CDD Rackcard
Adopt an Aquatic Habitat Toolkit
Zebra and Quagga Mussel Fact Sheet
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New! Invasive Species In Our Waters Youth Activity Book

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) is proud to have partnered with the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, a CCIS Chapter, to create two activity books launched in the Fall of 2021, to engage and educate youth on preventing the spread of invasive species in their community’s.

These activity books promote actions related to preventing invasive species on landscapes and in waterways, and are the most recent resource additions to the CCIS’s PlayCleanGo and Clean Drain Dry take action campaigns, respectively. This project was supported by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Both activity books are FREE to download and can be printed at home. Find below the link to to Clean Drain Dry focused book. Our other book can be found on the PlayCleanGo section of our website or in our Invasive Species Resources Page.

If you require a higher resolution digital copy, please email 

Youth Activity Book Invasive Species In Our Waters
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