DNR: “Think Zero” Campaign To Help Prevent Aquatic Hitchhiking
In an effort to reduce the number of invasive species throughout the state’s lakes and river, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is prompting all boaters to “think zero” this summer.
Last season, nearly 8,000 boaters were cited with failure to remove a drain plug. 1,200 boats had vegetation attached and 134 had zebra mussels attached.
Officials with the DNR Enforcement Division told WDIO, “boaters need to know how to prevent aquatic hitchhiking”. Violation numbers from last season were reportedly lower than the previous, but this year officials are urging you to “think zero”.
Another official with the DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division said “understand what the laws are and how important they are to follow to protect our lakes and rivers, and think zero new infestations caused by water related activities.”
The DNR reminds boaters to remove weeds after landing and drain all water plugs to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.