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British Canoeing celebrate Check Clean Dry Campaign

British Canoeing met with Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner at a House of Lords reception to celebrate the work of the Check Clean Dry campaign. 

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Chief Executive David Joy and Waterways and Environment Policy Officer Richard Atkinson were both in attendance, alongside other water companies and partners to highlight the scheme and celebrate the good work made to protect the future of native species.   

Launched in 2011, Check Clean Dry is a scheme, developed with a number of key stakeholders including British Canoeing, which aims to stop the spread of invasive species such as floating pennywort and water primrose.

British Canoeing has developed a partnership with the scheme to encourage recreational water users to follow good biosecurity practice and prevent the spread of invasive aquatics.

Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner said: “Invasive species threaten the survival of our country’s native plants and animals and cost the economy at least £1.8 billion a year.

“The Check, Clean, Dry campaign plays a key role in raising awareness of these threats; preventing new arrivals, and stopping the spread of these species. It is great to see water companies supporting this programme to protect the future of our native species.

“By working together we can make sure more water sports enthusiasts know how important it is for them to check, clean and dry their clothing and equipment.”

Environment Agency Chief Executive Sir James Bevan said: “Healthy rivers and lakes are vital to our economy and wellbeing, which is why it is so important to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species. Water company support in promoting the check, clean and dry campaign is a welcome boost.”