What is a CD3 Waterless Cleaning Station?

A CD3 Station is a user operated waterless cleaning station used to reduce the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species

Here is a link to a video of the station in use with a fishing boat

Is the CD3 Station a decontamination station?

"Decontamination" has traditionally referred to high pressure, heated water stations. In this regard, the CD3 station is not a decontamination station. However, physical removal of AIS via cleaning, draining and drying constitutes "decontamination." Our stations provide users with the tools to implement these best management practices.

Are CD3 Stations worth it as compared to using heated, highly pressurized water?

Absolutely! Due to the need for trained, paid staff to operate high pressure, high heat decontamination stations, their cost of operation is prohibitive at many sites. In addition, these stations are often closed. Regardless, best management practices (BMPs) of cleaning, draining, drying and disposing of bait should always be employed to reduce the risk of spreading AIS. Therefore, CD3 Stations fill an important niche and drive the adoption of BMPs.

Is vandalism or unintended use a concern?

Vandalism is always a concern at public sites. To dissuade vandalism, we recommend placing the sites at well lit areas. If a site poses a particular risk for vandalism or unintended use, we will work with site owners to employ additional measures, such as security cameras, to further reduce the risk.

Does an inspector or other staff need to be at the station?

No, while having an inspector present may increase usage of the station and could help answer questions, the station is intended to be user-operated.

How or where should we install a Station?  

Wether totally redesigning a launch or retrofitting a site, we suggest installing Cleaning Stations directly at boat launch sites. We suggest following the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) site design for Construction and Integration of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Areas at Recreational Boating Facilities. If you need additional consultation services for site design, please contact us.

Do the stations require a permanent power source?

No. We have designed both on and off-grid stations. The off-grid stations use a solar array and lithium batteries to power the station.

How often do the stations need to be serviced?

During the boating season, the service needs of the stations are dictated by the level of use. At a minimum, stations should be serviced weekly to empty the vacuum and ensure it is functioning properly. The stations are equipped with sensors that allow the owner to remotely view waste levels and service accordingly.

Are there concerns over odor issues?  

Odor issues can be reduced through routine emptying of the vacuum. Odor issues can also be mitigated through use of portable toilet chemicals within the holding container.

Disposal of bait and/or vegetation is an important part of a cleaning station. What do you recommend?

While bait can be disposed of with the vacuum, we suggest using on site composting or garbage services.

What does the instructional component of the station entail?

We realize simple signage does not equal education. To help guide practices and create real behavioral change, we have developed digital assets to walk boat owners through cleaning steps for specific AIS threats and their specific type of boat. For more information on the instructional component of the stations, go here or contact us.

Can you make a station that requires payment for use?

Yes. While we recommend offering the services of the station free of charge, we do offer the option of having a station require payment.

The low tech tools aren't appropriate for our site, do you have other options?

Yes, we will work with you to identify the best options for cleaning tools which make the most sense for your site.


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