Oakland County Mobile Boat Cleaning Stations Help Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Mobile boat cleaning station at park

Oakland County is home to thousands of lakes and rivers our residents use for boating and paddling, fishing, and hunting. These outdoor activities can unintentionally disperse aquatic invasive species (AIS); non-native plants, animals, and other organisms that can harm our local economy, environment and even our health.

In the summer of 2020, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners established the Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose (CD3) Pilot Program to raise awareness about the dangers of aquatic invasive species and to educate residents about how to help prevent the spread of these species in Oakland County waters.

The CD3 Pilot Program utilizes mobile boat cleaning stations to empower local water enthusiasts to better protect Oakland County waterways. These stations help users to clean, drain and dry their watercraft, and to dispose of any living organisms (plant or animal) that may be clinging to the crafts. With support from Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the pilot program ran for the final weeks of the 2020 boating season, throughout the 2021 season, and just launched for the 2022 season.

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Shop Fresh and Stay Active at Oakland County Farmers Market

Flowers at Oakland County Farmers Market

Do you love to shop local? The Oakland County Farmers Market at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328 is a mainstay for providing grower-direct fresh produce and flowers to county residents and visitors. Hosting more than 100 farmers and artisans, from 17 Michigan counties, shoppers will find fresh vegetables, fruits and baked goods as well as flowers, crafts and more.

Spend the day at the market and enjoy a breakfast sandwich or barbecue lunch served by market vendors. The market also hosts many special events, educational programs, cooking demonstrations and can be rented by the public for various purposes.

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Red Oaks Nature Center – An Urban Gem

Exterior photo of building at Red Oaks Nature Center

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Natural wonders of spring are appearing along the trails and in the woods of Red Oaks Nature Center in the City of Madison Heights. If you are a birder, this hotspot of biodiversity is one of the best places to be in these early days of May. I was there earlier this week on an overcast morning that hinted of rain to come. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a watchful snacking squirrel perched on the edge of the parking lot fence.

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Free Document Shredding and Electronics Recycling for Oakland County Residents

Three free document shredding and electronic recycling events are scheduled for Oakland County residents this year throughout the county.

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Rose Oaks: A Park for All Seasons

Information sign at Rose Oaks County Park

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Rose Oaks County Park is a park for all seasons. In winter, it’s a spectacular site that lures adventurers, cross country skiers, hikers, and winter fungi foragers. This is a park for just about anyone who wants an invigorating trek of exploration along meandering trails, or perhaps just wants to embrace nature’s way on a quiet woodland walk in Oakland County.

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