To help boaters prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is adding more than 200 "clean-and-drain" areas to statewide public water access sites this summer.
The special areas act as visual reminders to boaters to clean and drain their boats properly while providing a safe and convenient place to do that. According to DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr (LAND'-wear) installing components of the "clean and drain" areas at high-use sites on infested waters is a priority.
Landwehr added that Minnesota is the first state in the nation to implement this type of modification at multiple water access sites. The new clean-and-drain areas should be used whether or not a watercraft inspector is present at the access.