What is ANS?

Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) are aquatic plants and animals that invade lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams. Examples of ANS include:

  • ​​​Zebra mussel

  • Quagga mussel

  • New Zealand mudsnail

  • Asian carp

  • Rusty crayfish

  • Eurasian watermilfoil. 

​ANS can also include fish pathogens and diseases, such as viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) or whirling disease. ​

Even single microscopic organism can be transported in your boat from another lake, and rapidly multiply in our lake. Zebra mussels multiply rapidly and can clog up boat motors and critical dam control valves. This is an incredibility important topic for our landowner. 

The Bottom Line: If Milton gets ANS, Boating is Over for the Club.

So, as you can imagine, we take our ANS inspection program very seriously. A single violation will result in immediate termination of your membership without refund. It has happened before!

Follow 2 Golden Rules:

1) Never enter the property without a green tag on your boat. 

2) Never enter the water of Milton without a RED Heritage Tag. 

     (See FAQ on bottom of page)

See the slideshow below for more instructions or click HERE to access a pdf version.


CPW Has a Lot of Resources

Frequently asked questions

I don't have a green tag on my boat or I lost my receipt. What do I do?

If you don't have a green tag or if you lost your receipt, we don't know if your boat could be carrying microscopic ANS. You will need to get your boat decontaminated before coming onto the property.

What does it mean to decontaminate a boat?

CPW decontaminates a boat be power washing the outside of the boat with 140F water, and running 120F water through the ballasts and the bilge until the water is 120F exiting the boat. The hot temperatures kill all ANS organisms that may be hiding inside your boat.

Can Haven Decontaminate My Boat?

We wish! Unfortunately, CPW will not allow us to use their decon equipment. Plus, we do not have a source of water onsite. You will have to go to a CPW inspection location to get your boat decontaminated.

I have a brand new boat. Do I need to have a green tag?

Yes, new boats must be sealed with a green tag to come on the property. Many dealers are CPW certified. Make sure they seal your boat before you bring it out to the lake.