Operators of boats and other watercrafts on Pike Lake have a new tool to help protect the lake from aquatic invasive species.
CD3, a watercraft cleaning station is the first mechanism of its kind in Northern Minnesota.
CD3, meaning clean, drain, dry, and dispose is one of only five watercraft cleaning stations in the state. While the other four will reside in the Metro Twin Cities area, this one is installed at a boat launch in the Northland.
"We want to be a resource so that way people can clean their boats on the way in and on the way out," says CD3 co-creator, Mark Apfelbacher.
CD3, an invention meant to help to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species from one body of water to another.
Apfelbacher says, "we developed CD3, clean, drain, dry, dispose as a result of talking to all the aquatic invasive species managers in Minnesota."
Only five of these unique station are to be installed in the state, two are currently installed with three more to be coming later this summer. The Pike Lake Boat Launch is the only one outside of the Twin Cities.
Kevin Comnick, a supervisor for the Canosia Township says, "we received a grant which now funds the inspection program as well as the new cleaning station."
The Canosia Township opted to participate in order to prevent the spread of zebra mussels to and from Pike Lake.
"Most folks know Pike Lake has zebra mussels. The goal of this and other types of program is to prevent any additional," says Comnick.
The station is equipped with several tools to ensure your boat is free of any unwanted nuisance.
Co-creator of CD3, Ed Rudberg says,"it has air compressors, a bunch of low tech tools to get underneath the boat, pull a plug, and a vacuum to help suck all the water out of the boat or any compartments that you might have. We designed it for any type of watercraft that you might be using on a lake."
CD3 creators say, the spread of invasive species could cause economic and tourism troubles.
Rudberg adds, "if you get lakes that you can't fish in, you can't swim in, it's a huge detriment financially."
St.Louis County, the Canosia Township, and CD3 hope boaters take advantage of the free cleaning station.
According to CD3 creators, this is a completely unique concept and only exist in the state. They say they have received calls from places like Washington D.C to the United Kingdom expressing interest in the station design.
It's not required to be used by boaters, however officials strongly suggest it to prevent the spread of invasive species not only locally but nationally.
CD3 creators say, they have an online app that tracks the use of the cleaning station. They say, since it's installation, two weeks ago, tools on it have been used over 400 times.
Comnick says, "if you enjoy boating, make sure you clean, drain, and dry your boat!"