This summer, for the first time, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers will use dogs to detect zebra-mussels on boats and water equipment. The DNR announced the initiative at the same time they urged boaters and anglers to remain vigilant all season long to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).
This year, the DNR will have up to 150 authorized inspectors stationed at high-use public waters infested with zebra mussels – and 23 hot water decontamination units available to clean infested equipment. Roadside checks will also be conducted. Transporting zebra mussels and other prohibited species of animals can result in a $500 civil penalty or misdemeanor charge.