Stopping a Growing Problem

Boat

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ALBERT LEA, MN — When the weather is nice, chances are boats will be out on the lakes.

However, it also creates problems if you’re not careful.

Aquatic Invasive Species are becoming all too familiar in waters in Minnesota and Iowa.

From zebra mussels to water milfoil, these species are spreading from lake to lake.

And it all stems from your boat, which according to state law, needs to be cleaned before and after you hit the water.

“You have to clean your boat,” Jerry Katzenmeyer, Park Ranger at Myre-Big Island State Park said. “When you come off of a lake, doesn’t make a difference if it is a known infested lake or not, you need to clean that boat off. That means cleaning off any weeds that you see hanging on your trailer boat or motor.”

He adds any insects or other objects need to be cleaned off as well.

And any water you have stored in your live well or in your motor needs to be drained before and after you put your boat in the water.

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