Minneapolis to require inspections of all watercraft entering lakes

Starting next month, the City of Minneapolis will require all boats to be inspected before launching. It's the latest measure by a Minnesota city to prevent the spread of invasive species. The Star Tribune reports boat launches will be chained off and closed to boaters when inspectors are not on duty. Park police will be allowed to cite boaters who ignore the mandatory inspections.
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Starting next month, the City of Minneapolis will require all boats to be inspected before launching. It's the latest measure by a Minnesota city to prevent the spread of invasive species. The Star Tribune reports boat launches will be chained off and closed to boaters when inspectors are not on duty. Park police will be allowed to cite boaters who ignore the mandatory inspections.

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