DNR Ramps Up Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said it will be ramping up its boat inspections and enforcement efforts to prevent the spread of invasive zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS) this holiday weekend.

This weekend, 100 watercraft inspectors will be stationed around the state, checking boats for AIS and advising water users of laws and practices that will keep invasive species from spreading.

The DNR will also deploy 14 decontamination units at various water bodies around the state.

Under state law, boaters must:

  • Clean visible aquatic plants, zebra mussels and other prohibited species from watercraft, trailers and equipment before transporting from any water access.
  • Drain water from bilge, livewell, motor, ballast tanks and portable bait containers before leaving water accesses or shoreline property.
  • Keep drain plug out and water draining devices open while transporting watercraft.
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