Three things to do to make sure your boat passes MN DNR inspection for aquatic invasive species.
In years past you might have gotten off with a warning, but this year the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials say this year you could get a ticket for violating state laws and practices that keep aquatic invasive species from spreading. Three things to do before you transport a boat: Citations range from $50 to $1,000. Check out the Patch video above from a DNR demonstration held this month at Long Lake in New Brighton, MN. For more information, see one-minute and 30-minute videos from the MN DNR (click thumbnails).
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District wants to take on the expensive fight because it doesn't think the state has the money or the manpower to protect local waterways.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is about to make what it says is one of its most important—and potentially expensive—decisions in recent memory. Citing internal study and consensus that invasive species are the No. 1 threat to the watershed’s long-term vitality and health, the district is considering taking a lead role in the fight to prevent the spread of aquatic hitchhikers—something that has historically been the Department of Natural Resource’s responsibility. “We would like to see the DNR take a very strong, very active role in this, but we don’t feel the state has the resources to protect our resources—nor do they have the staff,” said Eric Evenson, the MCWD’s top administrator. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is…