Updated: 10/03/2013 6:14 AM
Created: 10/02/2013 5:20 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson
Minnesotans are starting to close their cabins for the season.
Meanwhile, the DNR is pleading with people to pay close attention to docks and boats to keep our lakes clean.
Keegan Lund with the DNR helped Emil Kucera remove his dock from Lake Josephine in Roseville. Kucera said it's a privilege to live on the lake, "nice to be here, great view on a great lake."
The lake is 116 acres and 44 feet at its deepest point. Lake Josephine has curly leaf pond weed and eurasian water mil foil. So, to avoid the spread of those invaders Kucera asked Lund to show him how to properly inspect his dock.
"You want to feel around wheel wells for any bumps, any attached zebra muscles. Look around your deck posts, ropes, any other equipment that's been in the water throughout the summer," said Lund.
There are laws on properly removing and storing docks, boats and equipment. If something is contaminated and needs to be transported, the DNR has forms you must fill out. The paper has to be signed and kept with you.
If you plan on moving a dock, or move equipment to another body of water, they must be dried for 21 days before going back into water. If you are going to hire a business to help, the company vehicle must have a current DNR "permitted service provider" sticker on its windshield.
"As a property owner it is important that we are all good stewards of water quality control," Kucera said.
According to the DNR, since January, 324 civil citations, 608 written warnings and 59 summons have been handed out.
The violations range from failure to remove aquatic vegetation, failure to remove drain plugs and unlawful transport of invasive species.