Minnesota – The Land of 10,000 Boat Inspections as One County Documents Its Fight Against Aquatic Invasive Species

During the 2017 boating season, 17 watercraft inspectors hired by Douglas County performed close to 10,000 inspections, including two inspections that kept boats with zebra mussels from entering a lake that had not been infested.

Dave Rush, director of Land and Resource Management, highlighted those numbers Tuesday as he presented a brief overview for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on the battle against aquatic invasive species.  Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.

In two cases, he said, zebra mussels would have been transported if not for the inspections. Two boats this past summer were about to enter Smith Lake, which is not infested, but inspectors caught them and the boats were decontaminated, Rush said.

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