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Partners in Action

Partners in Action, a feature of the Clean Drain Dry Initiative, spotlights groups, organizations, or citizens going the extra mile in protecting their waters from unwanted invaders. Real life stories are pouring in from across the nation about people who are courageously taking action to stop the spread of invasive species.

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August 2014
08/11/14 | 13:29

Conesus Lake Association Named Partner in Action

Conesus Watercraft Stewards

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! is pleased to announce that the Conesus Lake Association (CLA) of New York has been selected as the August Partner in Action. CLA is an extremely active partner in prevention and education about aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the finger lakes area. 

"Many dedicated people are contributing to these efforts. We are thrilled to be featured as a Partner in Action," said Gene Bolster, Chairperson of the CLA Water Quality Committee.

July 2014
07/23/14 | 09:52

National Park Service Employee Spotlighted

Brooklyn Center, MN –Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!® (SAH!) is pleased to announce Carmen Chapin as the July, Partner in Action. Carmen is the Program Coordinator of the Great Lakes Exotic Plant Management Team and proudly supports SAH! throughout the National Park Service.

June 2014
06/25/14 | 10:18

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Names
"Quagga D" as Partner in Action

Quagga DStop Aquatic Hitchhikers!® (SAH!) is pleased to announce "Quagga D" Davis as the June, Partner in Action. A resident of Nevada, D works tirelessly to educate State Agencies and Watershed Managers on how to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) across Western America by boat inspections and decontamination. D and her husband Michael, have been boaters on Lake Mead for over 25 years and have firsthand knowledge of how AIS can impact a community.

May 2014
05/19/14 | 13:49

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Nominates
Phil Moy as Partner in Action

This month Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) is pleased to announce Phil Moy with FishPhil Moy as the May Partner in Action. Phil is the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Assistant Director for Outreach and Research and is very involved in monitoring the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Wisconsin and throughout the Great Lakes. Phil is an active partner of the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign and knows the benefit of using consistent outreach and education messaging. As President of the North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), Phil has been a pioneer in invasive species research bridging science with management to engage recreational users.

April 2014
04/16/14 | 10:44

Elizabeth Brown helps
Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!

Stop Aquatic HitchhikerBrown Aprilcrops! (SAH!) is pleased to announce Elizabeth Brown as the April Partner in Action. Elizabeth is the Invasive Species Coordinator of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Co-Chair of the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.
She is involved with invasive species prevention through watercraft inspection and decontamination trainings. Elizabeth is an active and a strong supporter of outreach and education using the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Campaign.

March 2014
03/10/14 | 13:32

Pro Angler's "Hook"
is anti Invasive Species

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Stop Aquatiic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) is pleased to announce Greg Karch as the March Partner in Action. 

As a professional tournament angler, Greg is the director of the organization ”Learn 2 Fish with Us”.  He has been working for the last 10 years to educate thousands of anglers, young and old, about fish and fishing. In 2008, Greg created his own seminar called, “Fishing Basics” which covers topics from safety, fishing presentations, casting and fish identification to how anglers can stop the spread of invasives with the SAH! Clean, Drain, Dry method.

February 2014
02/12/14 | 09:44

Brooklyn Center, MN - On January 28, 2014, Conservation Minnesota, Wildlife Forever, and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers™! (a national campaign coordinated by Wildlife Forever), signed a memorandum of understanding that will further strengthen the shared goal of protecting lakes and rivers from invasive species. Through this new partnership, Conservation Minnesota members will gain valuable access to tools and partnership resources to help stop the spread of invasives, and SAH! will gain a new, engaged audience.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) is excited to have Conservation Minnesota as the February Partner in Action. As a leader in protecting Minnesota's wilderness, Conservation Minnesota is dedicated to protecting Minnesota through community engagement and legislation. Conservation Minnesota takes a unique approach to engagement by asking Minnesotans what issues matter most to them and then turns these answers into action on behalf of citizens.

01/07/14 | 12:14
Brooklyn Center, MN - This month marks the beginning of a new year, and we are pleased to announce Joe Starinchak of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as our January Partner in Action. As the catalyst, leader and one of the founders of the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign, (SAH) Joe has made the campaign into an international movement and led the transformation for how outreach is done in the conservation community.
Joe has been working as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s national Outreach Coordinator since 2000. He redefined the way that the Service operates by integrating outreach as a key component to larger conservation vision. By moving away from a shotgun approach that focused on providing passive information, Joe introduced a paradigm shift through marketing and has empowered interested stakeholders and citizens to become an active part of the aquatic invasive species prevention solution.

Through leadership, He has facilitated grass roots partnerships that have enabled the Service to reach a much larger audience. By developing the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! brand, which today has enlisted thousands of partner organizations to further spread the conservation message, Joe has helped the conservation community speak with a single voice, which is critical for stimulating large-scale conservation. He has helped to create this campaign that has been shown to be effective at changing behavior of recreational users, which is crucial to stop the spread of invasive species.

12/19/13 | 08:23
Pat Neu -December PIABrooklyn Center, MNThis month Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) is pleased to announce Pat Neu from the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA), as the December “Partner in Action.” As Executive Director of the NPAA, Pat has been instrumental in helping coordinate the education of thousands of anglers about aquatic invasive species and invasive species prevention. 


11/13/13 | 10:30

Brooklyn Center, MN - This month Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) is pleased to announce Dr. Nick Schmal, from the U.S. Forest Service Eastern Region, as the November “Partner in Action.” As the Regional Fish Program Leader, Nick’s role has been instrumental in promoting conservation stewardship through the Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker! campaign.

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