The most widely referenced research on the issue of invasive species in the U.S. reports more than $120 billion in damages every year (Pimental 2005). Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) play a large role in this growing problem, as they continue to wreak havoc on our lakes, ecosystems and pocketbooks. Whether you use a boat for recreational use, business purposes, or you are simply concerned about our natural resources, the impact of AIS reaches virtually every resident in more ways than one.
To address the issue, inspection and decontamination stations are populating around boat launches and parks to help prevent watercrafts from spreading AIS. Rules and regulations differ in each state, however the primary message remains to properly wash boats before entering and, more importantly, after leaving a body of water.
Arizona, for example, is placing high emphasis on boat washing with their “Don’t Move A Mussel” campaign, which sets a strict law on cleaning, draining, and drying watercrafts immediately after exiting the water. Places like Lake George in New York are also providing training for people to carry out their mandatory inspection program for washing trailered vessels.
When a boat is washed during these programs, it’s imperative that the cleaning is conducted the right way. Decontaminating a watercraft and its equipment is not actively preventing AIS unless it’s done carefully, efficiently, and resourcefully – a challenge Riveer lives up to.
Ideal for boats, the Riveer engineered wash water systems use moderate pressure in order to not damage boats, water temperatures up to 180 degrees to efficiently kill or dislodge harmful bacteria and micro, and wash water recycling to filter out harmful elements while reclaiming precious water.
The Riveer CamelRack for example, is an all-in-one washing system complete with a rugged steel wash rack, RTS filtration system and industrial grade pressure washer perfect for washing watercraft. The RTS technology draws dirty wash from the wash rack drain, then filters, treats and returns clean water for re-use. CamelRack recycles up to 97% of water used for washing, making sure no contaminated runoff gets back into the lake.
Decontaminating watercraft and equipment is key when it comes to preventing the migration of invasive species; there is no room for half measures in the process. If we truly want to work towards fixing this economic and ecological issue, the task of prevention needs to be done right – our beautiful lakes and rivers depend on it.