Agencies encourage procedures to prevent spread of invasive species
Aquatic invasive species awareness week is May 15-21.
The Department of Water Resources, North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Gov. Doug Burgum are encouraging the public to help monitor, control and prevent the spread of invasive species in the state during aquatic invasive species awareness week May 15-21.
Over the past decade, North Dakota has seen a rise in aquatic invasive species, which are not native to state ecosystems. Aquatic invasive species can cause harm to established habitats, endanger recreational fisheries, destroy infrastructure and negatively impact communities that rely on lakes and rivers for their water supplies.
“The Department of Water Resources would like to take this opportunity during aquatic invasive species awareness week to remind everyone how important it is to do their part in stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species in North Dakota’s waters,” said Andrea Travnicek, director of the Department of Water Resources. “We know that if precautions are taken and individuals demonstrate best practices, the spread of aquatic invasive species can be controlled. By following North Dakota Game and Fish Department guidance, we can help limit negative impacts of invasive species.”
The public should incorporate best practice recommendations concerning boat, dock, machinery and other equipment cleaning guidance, including cleaning, draining and drying all equipment, every time it is used, Travnicek said.
Clean and remove all plants or animals from your watercraft or equipment prior to leaving any recreational area you are using. Drain and remove water from all equipment prior to exiting designated access points. Not draining water can be extremely hazardous and may cause negligent transportation of aquatic invasive species to various locations. Afterward, verify that all equipment is completely dry before utilizing it again.
For more information, visit www.dwr.nd.gov and www.gf.nd.gov .