Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!

Prevent the transport of Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil, Asian clams, and zebra mussels can be spread between water bodies on boating and fishing equipment that has not been cleaned, drained and dried. Help to prevent the transport of nuisance species by following the guidelines below – clean, drain and dry.

Nebraska’s  Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations: Visit

Nebraska’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan:Visit

Preventative Steps

What you can do to help:



After boating, before you leave the launch:

Remove all visible plants, animals, fish, and mud from your boat, trailer, or other equipment and dispose of in a suitable trash container or on dry land.


Don’t transport any potential hitchhiker, even back to your home. Remove and leave them at the site you visited.



After boating, before you leave the launch:

Drain water from bilge, live wells, ballast tanks, and any other locations with water before leaving the launch.



Invasive viruses, zooplankton, and juvenile zebra mussels and Asian clams can be transported in even just a drop of water!



Before you arrive at the launch to go boating:

Dry your boat, trailer, and all equipment completely. Drying times vary depending on the weather and the type of material.


At least five days drying time is recommended.

Current Zebra and Quagga Mussel Distribution Maps

Download current location information Here

Zebras mussels are present in 4 waterbodies in Nebraska.  Below are maps showing locations were adults were confirmed in 2016.  Only larvae (veligers) of zebra mussels have been found in Lake Zorinsky in Omaha, NE.  The entire length of the Missouri River in Nebraska is considered infested with zebra mussels.

Kansas zebra mussel status:

Kansas now has 28 water bodies with zebra mussels.  Below is a map from April 2017.  The newest finding was on April 28th, 2017 at Osage Fishing Lake near Topeka, KS.  An article on the find can be accessed Here.  Clean, Drain and Dry watercrafts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species!


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Latest News & Press Releases

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will have aquatic invasive species technicians conducting invasive species sampling and watercraft inspections throughout the state this summer.  We will also be at outreach events throughout the summer.  See you out there and remember to Clean, Drain and Dry every time.  Don’t move a mussel!

Baillie Luff inspecting a boat

Other Resources


See you out there!
Look for us at locations/dates listed on our outreach events page.

Don't Move A Mussel