ST. MICHAEL, N.D. – Spirit Lake Tribe has a new tool in its fight against aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels with the acquisition of a CD3 Cleaning System. The waterless cleaning station, which is free to use and available 24/7, allows boaters to clean, drain and dry their watercraft and trailers and then dispose of water, weeds and debris, including leftover bait.

The tribe's CD3 station will be installed Monday, Oct. 11, at Spirit Lake Casino Marina on Devils Lake, 7889 state Highway 57, St. Michael.

CD3 stands for “Clean, Drain, Dry and Dispose.”

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Funding for the cleaning station was provided by a Clean Water Act grant from the Spirit Lake Environmental Protection Administration, made possible through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With Devils Lake being a popular destination for anglers who bring boats from different lakes across the country, the installation of the CD3 cleaning station “is an important step in the right direction to protect our lake for future generations,” the Spirit Lake Tribe said in a news release.

The standalone unit offers a suite of self-service resources, including an air blower, wet-dry vacuum, hand tools and lights. The CD3 stations serve as educational kiosks and even allow boaters to check in and out of bodies of water, according to the Spirit Lake Tribe news release. They also collect essential data for communities and indicate when invasive species are detected, to aid in AIS management and mitigation.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department in April installed a CD3 cleaning station at the Whopper John Little boat landing on the Red River in Grand Forks, along with stations at three other sites across the state, mainly targeting lakes and rivers with known infestations of zebra mussels, Ben Holen, aquatic nuisance species coordinator for Game and Fish, told the Herald.

More information on the new Spirit Lake Tribe CD3 System is available at spiritlakenation.com, the CD3 Systems website at cd3systems.com; or by contacting Josh Tweeton, Spirit Lake EPA director, at (701) 230-0798 or epadir@spiritlakenation.com.