A New Hampshire lake during summer

Best Tech for AIS Spread Prevention

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) continue to threaten our lakes. The good news is that the spread of aquatic invasive plants is slowing down thanks to the Lake Host Program. But, here’s the bad news—the spread of aquatic invasive animals into New Hampshire’s lakes is on the rise. More must be done.

Our Lake Hosts cannot be at every boat ramp in New Hampshire, from sunup to sundown, helping and reminding boaters how to prevent the spread of invasive species. And, it’s difficult for boaters to drain out every last drop of water from boats.

But, there is good news. too. There are tools and equipment that can be offered to boaters to help them Clean, Drain, & Dry their boats, trailers, and gear, even when a Lake Host isn’t at the launch to help.

NH LAKES works with boat access site owners and local partners to upgrade sites with a variety of approaches, tools, and technologies to help boaters to take action to prevent the spread of invasive species. Under state law, boaters are required to use tools and technologies provided at access sites to clean, drain, and/or dry their boat, before launching into and after coming out of the waterbody. These tools may include garden hoses, cleaning tools or units, or decontamination units.

To find out more about what can be done at boat ramps to prevent the spread of invasive species, download our FREE guide below:

“Best Available Technologies for Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention”

And, you can invite NH LAKES to do a free evaluation of a local boating access site and provide recommendations on tools and technology that could help boaters prevent the spread of invasive species! To request an evaluation, fill out our inquiry form below:

Request a Best Tech Site Evaluation


CD3 Watercraft Cleaning StationCD3 Watercraft Cleaning Station

NH LAKES has deployed the first waterless watercraft cleaning unit in the Northeast—the CD3 Clean, Drain, Dry & Dispose Unit! Our mobile, solar-powered CD3 is visiting public boat ramps throughout the state helping boaters prevent the spread of invasive species. If you’re a boater and you see it, please feel free to use it. We know you like a clean boat and lake! By using the CD3 unit, you can easily clean, drain, and dry your boat, trailer, and gear to prevent the spread of invasive species. Learn more about the threat of invasive species here.

It’s FREE and easy to use!

Our CD3 unit is equipped with hand tools to help boaters remove plant fragments and other debris. A wrench is provided to help open drain plugs to remove trapped water that may contain microscopic invasive animals. A wet/dry vacuum allows boaters to remove standing water trapped in bilges, live wells, and storage compartments. And, a blower is provided to help fully dry any areas that came in contact with the water.

We must all do more to help prevent the spread of invasive species

It can take just one boat with a fragment of an invasive plant, or a boat with a few drops of water trapped in a livewell with a single invasive animal larva, being launched into a waterbody to cause a widespread problem in a lake. We must all do more to help prevent the spread of invasive species and the CD3 will help!

Our CD3 unit is being shared with access site owners and local partners at boat ramps around the state. By seeing how easy it is for boaters to use this innovative technology, we believe communities around the state will be inspired to provide such tools at local boat ramps. We thank New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and several generous donors for their support, allowing NH LAKES to bring the first CD3 unit to boaters in the Northeast!

CD3 with Kayaks

CD3 with truck

CD3 tools

Learn more

To find out where our CD3 unit is stationed, visit our event calendar.

If you would like the CD3 unit to visit a boat access site in your area, please fill out our inquiry form below:

“CD3 Visit Inquiry Form”

And, to learn more about the variety of CD3 Waterless Cleaning Stations available, visit cd3station.com.