Clean + Drain + Dry all boats and equipment to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and organisms to Alberta waters.

Boats, other watercraft and associated equipment are often vectors in introducing invasive species into the province’s lakes, streams and wetlands. Aquatic invasive species, such as zebra or quagga mussels and even aquatic plants, can be spread from one waterbody to another via boats, other watercraft or associated equipment that has not been properly cleaned, drained and dried between uses.

With jurisdictions across North America struggling with the impacts of this aquatic invasion, the need for boaters and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts to pay attention and to take action is growing.

The microscopic forms of these mussels, called veligers, can survive in a watercraft’s standing water for days. If this standing water mixes with water in the waterbody you are boating on, that waterbody may potentially become infested.

To help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, remember the following:


  • Clean and inspect watercraft, trailer and gear
  • Remove all plants, animals, and mud at the access area or dock
  • At home, soak your gear in a bleach solution for at least one minute
  • Rinse, scrub or pressure wash your boat, hot tap water preferably 50 degrees Celsius, away from storm drains, ditches and waterways.

Drain – on land, before leaving the waterbody, drain all water from:

  • Bait buckets
  • Ballasts
  • Bilges
  • Coolers
  • Internal compartments/Livewells, etc.
  • Leave the drain plug out during transport as in Alberta, it is illegal to transport your watercraft with the drain plug still in place. Those who fail to comply may be subject to a court appearance and fined up to $100,000.


  • Dry the watercraft and gear completely between trips and allow the wet areas of your boat to air dry
  • Leave compartments open and sponge out standing water.