DNR Hopes To Stop Spread Of Invasive Species

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By Katie Stinson

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - Iowa Department of Natural Resources workers will be out in force this summer in an attempt to stop the spread of invasive species in Iowa waters. DNR officials plan to address the issue by educating boaters as they come and go from area lakes.

"The most help we can get is from the public," said Joe Wilkinson of the Iowa DNR.

DNR officials say reducing the spread of unwanted underwater vegetation is where most boaters can help.

"We want them to check their boats and make sure they're not taking anything with them," Wilkinson said. "We'll have people out to talk about that with them."

Starting July 1 a new law will make it illegal to transport any aquatic plants on boats outside of the water.

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