More boat inspectors this summer

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Jun 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) The Minnesota DNR is ramping up its fight against the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The DNR says it's increasing the number of watercraft checkpoints in the state this summer to 36--or double the number from last year. The DNR also expects to hire 146 watercraft inspectors and place 23 decontamination units at waters infested with zebra mussels as well as high-use areas.

DNR Enforcement Division Manager Phil Meier says the inspectors, "aren't there to cause a delay, but to keep invasive species from entering our lakes and rivers."

Meier says if someone refuses to allow an inspection, or doesn't remove aquatic plants, DNR-trained inspectors can prohibit the launching or operation of a boat. And inspectors can also require a boat to be decontaminated prior to launching into the water.

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