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Boaters reminded to keep boats clean to stop invasive species

 State boating access sites are open and available for use. Services located at these access sites, such as bathrooms, are closed at this time. (WLUC File Photo)
State boating access sites are open and available for use. Services located at these access sites, such as bathrooms, are closed at this time. (WLUC File Photo) (WLUC)
Published: Jun. 9, 2020 at 5:01 PM EDT
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As Michigan boaters head out onto the waters the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding them about the importance of cleaning their boats.

The state law requires boaters to clean their boats, equipment and trailers of aquatic plant or other organic materials attached. This is to limit the spread of invasive species between bodies of water.

"Its Michigan law but it's also just a proper thing that boaters would want to do to keep lakes from being infested with invasive species, it's kind of the first line of defense," said DNR Spokesperson, John Pepin.

There is a $100 fine attached to the civil infraction if boaters are found not properly cleaning their boats before launching them in Michigan waters.

For more on the law and other boating regulations check the related links section on this page.

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