MN DNR says 1 in 5 boaters helping spread invasive species in land of 10,000 lakes

By KBJR News 1

March 29, 2014 Updated Mar 29, 2014 at 6:35 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - When we do break through this ice, there's a boating season that's just around the corner.

According to a new report by the MN DNR, efforts to eliminate the spread of invasive species throughout the land of 10,000 lakes have been working.

In 2013, the DNR says the invasive species violation rate dropped to 20% from 31% in 2012.

On average, that means about one in five boaters are breaking the law.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) violations include keeping boat drain plugs in after taking vessels out of water for transport to another lake.

While the decrease is good, DNR officials are still pushing for zero violations, and responsible boating.

Efforts that officials credit for the drop in violations include a 62% increase in on–site watercraft inspections since 2011.

For more information on how you can prevent the spread of AIS:

DNR AIS WEBSITE

Billy Wagness
bwagness@kbjr.com

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