Decontamination Units Stationed on St. Croix River to Prevent Spread of AIS

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July 22, 2016 02:59 PM

Six boat decontamination units will visit the St. Croix River this weekend to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The units are portable, high-pressure wash units that will let inspectors clean boats at the public water accesses without allowing water runoff. The units will be on the river Saturday and Sunday.


In Minnesota, the units will be at two landings in Washington County and one at the Osceola Landing in Chisago County.

On the Wisconsin side, the Department of Natural Resources will staff landings in Prescott, Hudson and St. Croix Falls.

Aquatic invasive species known to be in the St. Croix River include zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, curlyleaf pondweed, bighead carp, rusty crayfish and Asian clams. The goal of the decontamination units is to make sure those species don’t spread to other bodies of water.


Jennie Lissarrague

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