Geneva Lake’s CD3 Boat Cleaning Station

Status and Use Report,  June 2-9, 2021


The CD3 boat cleaning station is a self-serve, non-fluid cleaning station that is designed to remove, clean, and stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). It is equipped with an air compressor, vacuum, boat scrub brush, plug wrench (for removing the boat plug from your boat) as well as tongs to help remove vegetation that under your boat.

The Geneva Lake CD3 boat cleaning station was set up at Linn Pier Launch on June 2, 2021.  Throughout the week of the station's use, the three most popular tools were the air compressor, plug wrench, and the vacuum  (Figure 1). Each tool is attached by a string and pulley system where a tally is made on the computer system each time the tool is pulled out to be used. The tallies are recorded through the computer inside the machine, and provide live updates to us via Wi-Fi , which are accessible through our account with the company. We can monitor how many times each tool has been used, as well as the time and date of each use.

The most useful action that we can monitor is the number of sessions.   A session is identified as series of tool use within a specific time. Based on the CD3 operating manual, a session groups tool usage to time.  A new session starts when there is a break in the use, and all tools are turned off and put back into position.

Use information collected by the CD3 unit, indicates the most popular time that the machine is used is from 10:00 am -12:00 pm, and  from 5:00 pm-8:30 pm. The first section is most likely fisherman that are coming off the water, and the second can be explained as a combination of fisherman, and evening leisurely drivers that are going on the lake after the heat of the day


Since going online, some modifications and repairs have been needed. The repairs include a fixable winch bracket that helps lift the tire off the ground for storage.  This repair is needed to move the unit, thus must be made by Wednesday June 16, when the unit is scheduled to move to the Village of Fontana.  A replacement for a faulty water level sensor in the vacuum drum is being sent to us by the manufacture and will be install upon receipt.   A few upgrades have been made to the CD3 as well, including the addition of a trash can, and tire chocks (to prevent it from rolling down to Linn Pier). Basic tools have been purchased and will be stored in the unit for on-site repairs.  The use of a trail camera to track any vandalism has been considered but until we experience any vandalism, we will not post a camera


            The CD3 will be stationed at Linn Pier for two weeks (starting 6/2/2021) and is scheduled to be moved to the Village of Fontana on June 16, 2021 , where it will be stationed for two weeks. The CD3 will be moved to other launches throughout the summer to give boaters experience with the machine, as well as to provide us data on the units use around the lake.

            We look forward to working with the CD3 system throughout the summer, to gain experience and knowledge in learning about boaters from around the area, and to spread the message on controlling the spread of  aquatic invasive species in Geneva Lake.

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CD3 Boat Cleaning Station’s Use at LInn Pier, Geneva Lake WI launch, June 3 – June 9, 2021 , including daily resets.  Source: CD3 and GLEA