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Published May 04, 2012, 01:36 PM

Boaters face double fines for invasive species

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota boaters who don't get on board with rules to protect against the spread of invasive species could pay double the fines this summer.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota boaters who don't get on board with rules to protect against the spread of invasive species could pay double the fines this summer.

The DNR says a new measure requires docks and boat lifts to go through a 21-day drying period before being put into a different lake or river.

Those who don't unplug their boat drains now face a $50 fine but they will pay $100 after July 1. For moving invasive plants through water equipment, the fine jumps from $100 to $200. The fine for moving invasive animals has been hiked from $250 to $500.

The DNR is still encouraging water-goers to use a boat sticker as a reminder to drain water and remove weeds from boats, though it is no longer required by law.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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