The bill allows the DNR to setup inspection stations and issue tougher fines to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive-species. Minnesota's 800,000 boaters would also be required to pass a training course. House lawmakers okayed the legislation Friday and Senators could vote on it this weekend.
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Penalties double for invasive species violations
Tougher laws aimed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, like zebra mussels and spiny waterfleas, go into effect Sunday, July 1 -- doubling fines for Minnesota boaters who are caught violating the rules. The Department of Natural Resources says about 20 percent of boaters are not taking the basic precautions to comply with the laws. The new fines range from $100 to $500 dollars.
Fines for not meeting invasive species laws double starting Sunday
Got aquatic weeds hanging off your boat or trailer? The fine goes from $50 up to $100 on July 1. The DNR says it'll have 140 inspectors out checking compliance with the boating laws meant to limit the spread of invasive species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil.
Lawmaker worries state fight against invasive species infringes on liberty
Minnesota's fight against invasive species such as zebra mussels and Asian carp includes mandatory boat inspections and fines for failure to clean boats. To State Rep. Steve Drazkowski it's more government that takes away individual liberties.
DNR: Number of invasive species violations unacceptable
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says 20 percent of boaters screened this spring have violated laws to combat the spread of aquatic invasive species. The agency calls the rate unacceptable because the majority of violations could be avoided. DNR officers stepped up patrols last month and will continue through the summer.
Senate Republicans propose using Legacy Amendment funds to create invasive species research center
The new $3.8 million center at the University of Minnesota would focus on developing ways to fight aquatic species like zebra mussels and Asian carp.
Report: Millions spent annually fighting aquatic invasive species in Minnesota
A new report, commissioned by The Nature Conservancy, says Minnesota spends nearly $8 million a year fighting aquatic invasive species. Minnesota Public Radio notes the fight is complicated because there is no single method to control all the different types of invasive species.
List of waterways with invasive species grows
Just in time for Minnesota's warm-weather boating season, state conservation officials Thursday released a list of waterways newly discovered to be infested with invasive species such as Asian carp, zebra mussels and Eurasian milfoil. Added were nearly two dozen lakes and stretches of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.
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