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Documentary being shot in Rhinelander on controlling Great Lakes invasive species

RHINELANDER, WI (WTAQ) - A Chicago-based film crew will be in Rhinelander this weekend, to shoot part of a one hour documentary on the efforts to control invasive species in the Great Lakes.

Kurtis Productions and Great Lakes Media are putting together a film called "Making Waves - Battle for the Great Lakes."

Local coordinator Michele Sadauskas says the crew will film the Wisconsin "Clean Boats, Clean Waters" program in action. The program has volunteers and paid staffers checking to see that invasive species don't get transferred from one body of water to another.

For several years, state rules have required boaters to empty the water from their crafts before leaving -- and not transfer fish and other species from one lake to another -- so they don't spread things like the fish-killing VHS virus.

Sadauskas says the producers want to show people that there are many types of aquatic invasive species, and they can create costly problems if they don't get under control.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)