[Keegan:] “What you do—or what you don’t do—can spread AIS! You can make sure that you don’t spread any invasive species by following the law, which can be summed up with three simple words: Clean, Drain and Dispose.
[Kylie:] “Before you leave shoreland property or any other water access point, clean all the aquatic plants and animals you can see from your watercraft, trailer, and all other water-related equipment including fishing lines.”
[Kylie:] “Remember: It’s illegal to transport ANY aquatic plants or prohibited invasive animals—like zebra mussels— whether they’re dead or alive.
Transporting or attempting to place into state waters any water-related equipment – like a boat, seaplane, or trailer -- with prohibited invasive species attached can result in a $500 civil penalty or misdemeanor.”
[Keegan:] “Before you leave a water access or shoreland property, drain all water from your boat and other water-related equipment by removing all drain plugs.
Water in motors and ballast tanks also need to be drained out completely. If you have live wells, bait wells, remove the drain plugs and remember to drain portable bait containers, before you leave the water access or shoreland property.”
[Keegan:] “Keep the drain plugs out and all water draining devices open while traveling.
It is illegal to transport a watercraft or water-related equipment without removing all drain plugs.
[Kylie:] “When you find aquatic plants or invasive species on your boat or equipment, throw them into the trash before you leave the water access.
Throw all unwanted bait, including minnows, leeches, worms, and fish parts in the trash. It’s illegal to release live bait into the water or to dump worms on the ground. Earthworms are actually invasive species in Minnesota. Don’t place them in the compost bin because they can make their way to the surrounding soil and harm our forests. Instead put them in the trash.
If you want to keep live bait, drain all water from your bait containers and refill them with bottled water or de-chlorinated tap water.
[Kylie:] “Most people care about our lakes and rivers and want to know what else they can do to help.
Other important steps you can take are to spray, rinse, or dry boats and recreational equipment before transporting them from one lake or river to another. This will remove or kill invasive species that you can’t see. Doing one of these steps is especially important if your boat has been in the water for more than one day.
Rinsing boats and equipment with hot water is a very effective way to make sure you don’t take invasive hitch-hikers with you.
If you do this, make sure it’s heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This will kill zebra mussels and other invasive species after 10 seconds of contact. If you can only heat your water to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, it will still kill zebra mussels but you need to rinse for at least 2 minutes. Using high pressure water is an easy way to remove attached zebra mussels or other invasive species.
If hot water is not available, even rinsing with low pressure, cold water using a garden hose can wash off invasive species. If rinsing is not available, wiping down the hull with a towel is a good idea.
Drying boats and equipment for at least five days is another good way prevent spread of invasive species.