St. Paul A series of road checks, conducted by the Minnesota DNR, found many boats and trailers clean of harmful aquatic plants and animals such as Eurasian watermilfoil or zebra mussels.

State conservation officers recently conducted exotic
species/aquatic plant transportation road checks near Baudette
checking 85 vehicles during a two-day period. Algae was discovered
on two trailers, but no exotic species were detected and no aquatic
plants were confirmed. An exotic species road check of 187 vehicles
near Anoka resulted in only 16 warnings issued for small amounts of
vegetation on boats and trailers.

Minnesota is currently home to numerous exotic plants and
animals. Some of these have been determined to be detrimental to
native flora and fauna. In an effort to control these species state
law prohibits the transportation of selected species of plants and
animals.

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