DNR Bill Takes Aim At Invasive Species In Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton and the state’s natural resources commissioner are unveiling legislation aimed at preventing the spread of invasive species in Minnesota.

Zebra mussels and Asian carp are among the species concerning the state’s outdoors managers.

The DNR released a draft plan in early January that was developed with the help of a citizens committee that met last year. That plan called for additional conservation officers to inspect boats and other vehicles that spread invasive species. It also would have increased fines for violations and worked to educate the public on the threat.

It’s not clear if any or all of those ideas will be part of the legislation offered Wednesday.

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  • iminneapolis

    “White people are the most dangerous and destructive invasive species that need to be eradicated.

  • jrsouth

    Hows about working on getting rid of zebra mussles, istead of spending all the money on stopping the “spread” of the mussles. Its hard for me to believe that people with boats are the only ones spreading zebra mussles. Microscopic when they hatch and basically invisible to the human eye, floating around freely. Do waterfowl wait 2 weeks or take a steam bath to rid themselves from zebra mussles while moving from lake to lake?

  • jrsouth

    Maybe the waterfowl in MN will agree to wear the money wasting sticker stating they too have been in a lake with zerbra musels! Then we can at sleep at night reassured the dnr has everything under control.

  • Dayton Sucks

    Every time Dayton takes “aim” its gonna cost you $$$$$$$$$$$……

  • jeff-minneapolis

    Higher concentrations of the mussels were found where there was higher concentrations of commercial fishing suggesting that is the main cause of spread. So in other words more inspectors are needed to check all boats.

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