It’s PlayCleanGo Awareness Week

For Friday, May 31, 2019

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1 – Nearly half of endangered or threatened species are at risk due to invasive species. This is because people unintentionally spread invasives with their boots, tires, boats, firewood, pets, horses and more.

person wearing pair of brown timberland work boots and black denim skinny jeans standing on asphalt road
Photo by Aidan Jarrett on Pexels.com

PlayCleanGo Awareness Week is a national campaign urging outdoor enthusiasts to take action to avoid spreading invasive plants and pests while enjoying the activities they love.

The week is June 1-8 across North America, to make more people aware of how their outdoor excursions can contribute to the spread of invasive pests and plants, and what they can do to prevent it.

Simple actions you can take include:

  • Clean footwear with a boot brush
  • Remove invasive plants and dispose of them
  • Pick seeds and burrs off of clothes and gear
  • Clean mud and seeds from dogs and horses
  • Hose off bikes or ATVs with water or compressed air
  • Clean, drain and dry boats, and dispose of any invasive plants
  • Don’t move firewood; buy it where you burn it.

More information is available under the Take Action tab at Michigan.gov/Invasives.

2 – Scrap tires are an ideal habitat for nuisance and disease-carrying mosquitoes.

In an effort to reduce the number of breeding sites, Bay County Mosquito Control will be holding a scrap tire collection on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m-2 p.m.

The event is at the Mosquito Control facility, located inside the Bay County Fairgrounds at 810 Livingston Street.

Bay County residents are allowed to bring up to 10 rimless regular passenger car or pick-up tires each.

The scrap tire drive is funded in part by a state Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant.

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard Friday mornings in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

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