New Mandatory Checkpoints For Boaters This Year

Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 7:17 am

Boaters in Minnesota will now have to go through mandatory checkpoints when towing boats across the state.

The DNR are trying this new approach in the attempt to prevent the spreading of invasive species. The checkpoints will be looking for evidence of zebra mussels, milfoil, and any other invasive species. If a boat is contaminated, the owner will be directed to a nearby decontamination site and the boat will be power washed. Any problems found on a boat could result in a citation and a fine. The fines start at fifty dollars and go up from there.

The state will have 20 decontamination sites and will hire 150 inspection officers to enforce the new rules that start this spring.

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