Numbers down, but boaters still breaking law

Fountain Lake

KIMT News 3 — With spring and summer-like weather approaching, it is nearing time to put boats out on the water. The department of natural resources wants to make sure you are thinking about keeping water clean too.

The Minnesota DNR says that one in five boaters is still breaking the law when it comes to aquatic invasive species.

That is down from 31 percent receiving citations the year before. With that in mind conservation officers still say there is a way to go.

“All it takes is one instance where a careless boater will introduce an otherwise inevasive species to an otherwise uninfested body of water,” said Conservation Officer Steven Chihak of the Minnesota DNR.

They ask that you drain all of the water from your boat when leaving a lake and clean it and all of your equipment before moving on to the next lake.

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