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Minnesota Tough on Aquatic Invasive Species
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources considerably ramped up its boat inspections, enforcement efforts and educational campaign to prevent the spread of invasive zebra mussels and other AIS.

Watercraft users need to remove all aquatic plants, animals from their watercraft, drain all water and leave all their drain plugs and water draining devices open during transport. Civil citation fines for violating AIS laws in Minnesota doubled in July; the fine for possessing or transporting a prohibited invasive species such as the zebra mussel will be $500.


 
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Our Government Cannot Stop all Invaders – Take Matters into Your Own Hands - Our government cannot stop all invaders at our borders. Sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands. Plants that come into the United States from abroad can choke our crops, native plants and gardens or cause algae blooms that kill fish. They can even poison animals. Invasive species threaten our environment, our economy and our health. The flood of plants and food that come in through ports and airports potentially brings in pests, disease and harmful plants.


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