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Published January 09, 2012, 06:34 PM

Minnesota DNR steps up war on invasive water species

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- And it means that if your pulling a boat in the state be prepared that you may be stopped and inspected.

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- And it means that if your pulling a boat in the state be prepared that you may be stopped and inspected.

This Bayliner was brought in for a little off season maintenance to Kovash Marine in Moorhead. That's where they discovered hundreds of zebra mussels on the motor. While they haven't seen a lot of this work yet it's a growing problem that means more business for them.

But it's not the boat motors the DNR is worried about it's the devastation these muscles and other invasive species can cause to the lakes themselves that has the agency worried.

Barry Chouinard worked with the DNR on the plan to implement the new enforcement and thinks it's the next logical step.

And Pat Kovash thinks some angler may not like the hassle but he's on board with the new enforcement.

So this year you may be waiting in more than just the boat ramp line to hit the water.

If your boat is found with invasive species it will be cleaned on site and you could be looking at a 50 to 200 dollar fine or even a misdemeanor in some cases.

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