Minneapolis cracks down on invasive species [UPDATED]Published 8:51am Friday, June 22, 2012 Updated 11:53am Friday, June 22, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS — The City of Lakes is taking new steps to try to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Minneapolis will soon require all watercraft entering its lakes to be inspected, Starting July 13 through Sept. 30, any water-related equipment must be inspected before launching at the public boat accesses at lakes Calhoun, Harriet and Nokomis. Inspectors will be on duty from 6 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; as well as 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Outside those hours, the boat launch will be chained off and closed.
The Star Tribune reports it’s the most stringent measure by a Minnesota city to prevent boats from introducing invasive species. It follows stricter enforcement and inspections statewide by the Department of Natural Resources.