200 Clean-and-Drain Areas Planned for MN Waters

Updated: 07/16/2013 4:22 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

Photo: KSTP File Photo
Photo: KSTP File Photo

More than 200 clean-and-drain areas will be added this summer at boat launches throughout Minnesota to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The state Department of Natural Resources is planning the sites to act as visual reminders for boaters to clean and drain their boats properly and provide safe and convenient places to do it.

Installing the clean-and-drain areas at high-use sites on infested waters is a priority, the DNR stated. The state will be the first nationwide to implement this type of modification at multiple water access sites, according to DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr.

"The boat 'clean-and-drain' areas are a part of the DNR's ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species," he stated in a release. "Everyone who has a boat on a trailer has the personal responsibility to prevent the spread of invasive species; these areas will make it easier."

The new areas should make it easy for boaters to understand what they need to do and where to go to throw away discarded aquatic vegetation and bait, which are sometimes left behind on ramps or in parking areas.

The new areas will include compost bins and pavement stencils and signs.

The following should become routine for boaters: