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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Midwest boaters are being urged to drain and clean their boats and trailers to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species across their borders.

Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan have teamed up for a public service campaign to encourage boaters and anglers to avoid spreading zebra mussels, spiny water fleas and other aquatic invaders when they travel between states.

Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says the three states share a common goal of stopping aquatic hitchhikers to keep the Great Lakes and inland waters healthy.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr says the multi-state production offers a consistent message and a coordinated approach to address the problem.

In addition to YouTube, the 30-second spot is airing on outdoor programs, public television, fishing and sports channels across the three-state area.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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