(Lewis) - Boaters this Fourth of July weekend will have to be aware of a major change in DNR rules and regulations.
Upon exiting the water, boaters must drain all water from boats and keep drain plugs removed or open during transportation. Brian Hayes, Fisheries Biologist with the Iowa DNR office in Lewis, says it’s designed to stop the spread of invasive species.
“Its a new law that is designed to stop the spread of nonnative aquatic invaders; species like Zebra Mussels plant species like your Eurasian Watermilfoil. Movement by the public, through boating activity, is the most likely mode of transportation for these invaders.”
Hayes says the DNR has been encouraging boaters to clean, drain, and dry for the past few years. Now it will be enforced.
“It will be enforced like any of our fishing game laws,” says Hayes. “Enforcement initially here as boaters get accustomed to this will be different than down the road once its been in effect for a while, so enforcement is going to be a big part of the education process.”
That new DNR regulation went into effect on Monday.
July 2, 2013