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Boaters Warned of Invasive Species

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters and anglers to be aware of invasive water species ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

In an effort to prevent the spread of species such as zebra mussels or Eurasian watermilfoil, department officials recommend cleaning and draining boats and equipment before leaving a body of water. They also recommend allowing boats and equipment to dry for at least five days before transporting them to another body of water.   

Kim Bogenschutz, DNR aquatic invasive species program coordinator, says overland transport of boats is a common way to spread such species. She says these precautions reduce the likelihood of them spreading.   

The department says these species cause problems when they become established in Iowa's lakes and rivers.

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