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Boat Cleaning Day – Saturday, June 18 – 10 AM to 3 PM- at the Public Launch Site


PBWOA received a grant to promote Clean Boats / Clean Waters

The boat wash sign.

The PBWOA was awarded a grant of almost $1700 from the Michigan Clean Boats, Clean Waters program with Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding. We requested the grant to promote the Clean Boats, Clean Waters message during two scheduled Boater Safety Classes, one of which was sponsored by the PBWOA on May 14th at the Portage Yacht Club. It is seen as a way to educate young boaters about the reasons for the requirement that boats are cleaned, drained and dried to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species. We plan to review the current invasive weeds in our Huron River Chain of Lakes (Eurasian water milfoil, starry stonewort, curly leaf pondweed and flowering rush) as well as known invasive species found in neighboring lakes such as European Frog Bit. Aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels, red swamp crayfish and New Zealand snails will also be reviewed, with a focus on the disposal of all bait and the draining of all boat water. Participants will receive a tote bag with the Michigan Clean Boats, Clean Waters logo filled with cleaning supplies (towels & sponges,) key floats, flashlights, bait bags and the Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws and Responsibilities.

The Award was also used to purchase a “Decontamination Station” that was installed by the DNR at the Portage Boat Access Site. The 48”X48”inch sign was designed for boat launch sites that cannot accommodate an electric, high-pressure water boat wash. The site provides tools, such as brushes, drain plug wrench, and bait disposal bags. Again, the goal is to encourage boaters of all types (including kayakers and canoers) to assure that they are not carrying any invasive species with them to our lakes or others. We will be hosting an event at the Portage BAS on McGregor Rd. to introduce the new station later in the summer. Stay tuned for details on our website ( or Facebook.

Washtenaw County Cleanup Days

WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich., March 10, 2022 – The Washtenaw County Public Works Division is proud to announce the 2022 County Clean-Up Day event schedule. County residents will have five County Clean-Up Day events this year to dispose of or recycle a variety of household items in a safe and responsible manner. Events have been organized in locations throughout Washtenaw County to maximize residents’ opportunities for attendance.

2022 County Clean-Up Day Event Schedule*:

April 23rd – Chelsea, Chelsea High School
June 25th – Northfield Township, Whitmore Lake High School
July 23rd – Augusta Township, Lincoln High School
July 30th – Saline, Saline High School
August 27th – Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan University
*Accepted items vary by event, view the flyer for the event you wish to attend prior to arrival at Flyers are typically published one month prior to event date.

County Clean-Up Day events are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Materials can be accepted from Washtenaw County residents only, not from businesses, government agencies, non-profits, or other organizations. Events may accept different items – commonly accepted items include appliances (some events accept freon-containing appliances), bulky waste (mattresses, furniture, scrap wood), electronics, household hazardous waste, scrap metal, and car tires. Washtenaw County residents should check the event flyer and map prior to the event date for accepted items and event details at

County Clean-Up Day events have a suggested $15 donation per car to assist in disposal costs and to maintain these community events. Donations are not required for participation.

Sponsors for County Clean-Up Day events include the Washtenaw County Board of Public Works, City of Ann Arbor, Northfield Township, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, and additional community partners. Residential tire disposal is partly funded by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Scrap Tire CleanUp Grant.

Get a bird’s eye view of a Clean-Up Day in action with our new video featuring drone footage from last year’s event at Eastern Michigan University, now available online at

Find more details about our events and other local disposal or recycling options for hard-to-dispose of items at