The DNR is trying to stop the spread of zebra musselsPelican Lake, MN (WDAY TV) - Boaters and anglers are running into Minnesota's latest effort to stop the spread of invasive species. The DNR is inspecting boats at lakes. The DNR is now accelerating its efforts to stop the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species.
By: Danielle Miller, WDAY
Pelican Lake, MN (WDAY TV) - Boaters and anglers are running into Minnesota's latest effort to stop the spread of invasive species. The DNR is inspecting boats at lakes. The DNR is now accelerating its efforts to stop the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species.
With the launch of new inspection techniques, their hopes are to tackle the problem first hand.
NATHAN: We do have three of these units across the state and so those units are stationed near zebra mussel infested waters. That's why it's here at Pelican, we will also be running this machine down in Alexandria. The other machines are in the Brainerd Lakes area and also down in the twin cities area.
DANIELLE: Boats coming out of the water must first go through and inspection to see if they need to go through the pressure washer or not.
NATHAN: our main focus hopefully is that not a lot of boats are going to have to go through this de-contamination process. The boaters themselves can help us by making sure that when they come into the access or when their leaving, that their boats are drained and that they don't have any plants or anything attached that would make us decontaminate the boats.
DANIELLE: The washer produces water at a pressure of 3,200 pounds per square inch.
Water temperature reaches nearly 160 degrees.
Inspectors say Zebra Muscles will die in any water over 140 degrees, so the pressure washing will kill any invasive species in less than 6 seconds.
BRUCE: We hope to make it more convenient for people to be able to follow the laws and regulations that we have in place, that way were available there to make it easier for them to do this, so that way you can do it right at the access as opposed to bringing it to the car wash.
DANIELLE: Right now DNR officials are in their initial phase and still scheduling locations week by week.
They eventually hope to have at least 10 pressure washing stations throughout Minnesota. The DNR is buying more pressure washers and hiring full time employees to run more stations.