DNR warns boaters to follow aquatic invasive species laws as boating season begins
As boating season moves into high gear this Memorial Day weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges boaters and anglers to be extra vigilant to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).
Boaters need to remove all aquatic plants, animals from their watercraft, drain all water and leave drain plugs and water draining devices open during transport.
This year, the DNR will have up to 150 authorized inspectors stationed at high-use public waters infested with zebra mussels – and 23 hot water decontamination units available to clean infested equipment.
All DNR conservation officers will focus on enforcing AIS laws this season. They will write citations for people who do not follow AIS laws. Roadside checks will be conducted.
For the first time this summer, three zebra-mussel detector dogs, which can find a mussel much faster than a human inspector, will assist conservation officers at check stations and water accesses.