Minnesota Lakes & Rivers

 Zebra mussels,  Dreissena polymorpha  (GerardM, en.wikipedia.org). 

Zebra mussels, Dreissena polymorpha (GerardM, en.wikipedia.org). 

     DNR Conservation Officer Robert Haberman (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) is asking boaters and hunters to help prevent the spread of invasive species this fall. With zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil among Minnesota's invasive species, this is particularly important for boaters and those who hunt waterfowl. The DNR offers up a few tips to help keep invasive species at bay this fall.

For boaters, do not:

  • leave drain plugs in place when entering or exiting a water body
  • leave any plant matter on boats, roadways or launch areas
  • transport water from any lake or river
  • release live bait into the water

For hunters, make sure to:

  • check decoy lines for aquatic vegetation or attached animals
  • drain all water from decoys
  • clean and dry waders, or boots, before and after each outing
  • clean mud and vegetation off vehicles