What is Clean Drain Dry?
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 outreach and partnerships.
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 fish, animals, or plants from one waterbody into another.
- Report new sightings of aquatic invasive species here
- 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 the Clean Drain Dry program in BC, as the foundation for a national program. 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.Back to top
What are aquatic invasive species?
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. You can protect our lakes and rivers from aquatic invasive species by ensuring you CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY your watercraft and gear.
To learn about what aquatic invasive species you should be aware of in your province or territory, visit our Partner Map.Back to top
Clean Drain Dry Steps
Clean, Drain and Dry conveys a simple and effective procedure for recreational users to follow:
CLEAN plants, animals and mud from your boat and gear
- Ensure that anything you remove is disposed of onto land.
- Do a visual inspection of the watercraft and gear to make sure everything is removed
DRAIN all water from your boat and gear onto land.
- This includes all internal compartments, ballast tanks, live wells, bilges, bait buckets, motors etc.
- Pull all plugs – it is illegal to transport plugged watercraft into some provinces.
DRY all parts of your boat and gear completely.
- Make sure no water is left standing.
- Use a sponge or towel for hard to dry areas.
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.Back to top
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.
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.
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 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.
|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|
|Name listed on website|
|Logo added to the website|
|Featured in CCIS E-bulletin|
|Three resources with logo added, for you to distribute and receive final product in electronic form|
|Access to print files|
|2 hours free graphic design services|
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
Other Clean Drain Dry Programs Across Canada
The National Clean Drain Dry program is not meant to replace existing Clean Drain Dry 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:
- Policy and Legislation,
- Watercraft Inspections,
- Education and Outreach,
- Monitoring, and
For more information visit their website.
Aquatic Invasive Species Reporting 1 855 336 BOAT (2628)
Email the AIS Program here.
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 COS.Aquatic.Invasive.Species@gov.bc.ca 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 Manitoba.ca/StopAIS by clicking here.
Here you can learn about:
- how to be compliant with Manitoba’s specific Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose and, if necessary, Decontaminate requirements during the open-water and winter (closed-water) seasons,
- AIS Control Zones,
- importation rules,
- watercraft inspection schedules and
- set-fines for AIS offences.
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.