State agencies urge public to help prevent aquatic nuisances

BISMARCK- The North Dakota Department of Water Resources (DWR) in collaboration with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGFD) encourages residents and tourists to help monitor, control, and prevent the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS).

Over the past decade, North Dakota has seen a rise in ANS. Many nuisance species are not native to the state’s ecosystems and introducing them causes environmental effects, economic impacts and public health concerns. ANS can cause harm to established habitats, endanger recreational fisheries, destroy infrastructure and negatively impact communities that rely on lakes and rivers for their water supplies.

If precautions are taken and individuals demonstrate compliance, the spread can be slowed and even controlled.

The public should incorporate best practice recommendations concerning boat cleaning guidance including clean, drain and dry all equipment every time. Clean and remove all plants or animals from watercraft or equipment prior to leaving any recreational area you are using. Drain and remove water from all equipment prior to exiting designated access points. Not draining water can be extremely hazardous and may cause negligent transportation of ANS to various locations. Afterwards, verify that all equipment is completely dry before utilizing it again.


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