"Non-native plants and animals, threaten waters far and wide.
They'd love to sneak their way into a lake they've never tried."
                     Lyrics from The Ballad of Aquatic Invasive Species
  

Song: The Ballad of Aquatic Invasive Species

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Description: This folk song reminds listeners about the importance of cleaning boats when moving them between bodies of water to keep Wisconsin's waters pure and clean. 

Singer/Songwriter: Scott Gatzke

LYRICS: The Ballad of Aquatic Invasive Species

Friends I am a boater, and like you I love our lakes
I’ve been hearing about these aquatic, invaders in our state?
Non-native plants and animals, threaten waters far and wide.
They’d love to sneak their way into a lake they’ve never tried

And once they’re in the water, there’s no turning back the clock
So to keep them all from spreading, is the only chance we’ve got
Now each time I go boating, I hum this simple tune.
And before I leave the landing, here’s a few things that I do

Chorus 1:

Inspect my boat...remove all plants, mud and critters
Drain my bilge...and my live wells and motors
Toss my bait...that I don’t want in the trash
When I roll back home I rinse my boat, or let it dry naturally
And these simple steps will keep Wisconsin waters pure and clean

Chorus 2:

Inspect my boat...remove all plants, mud and critters
Drain my bilge...and my live wells and motors
Toss my bait...that I don’t want in the trash
When I roll back home I rinse my boat, or let it dry naturally
And these simple steps will keep Wisconsin waters pure and clean

”This message is brought to you by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership and the University of Wisconsin Extension.” © Scott Gatzke 2009

Singer/Songwriter: Scott Gatzke

Singer Songwriter Scott Gatzke

Scott Gatzke is Director of Products and Services for the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx).  Scott has been writing songs since he was a boy and performing them on his family's pumpkin farm among other family-focused and folksy venues, but he still hasn't quit his day job. 

Scott Gatzke was a winner of the 2004 Great American Songwriters Contest.

 

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