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Avoiding invasive species a priority for boaters

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- DNR officials were out Friday to make sure boaters leave the water safely and legally.

They say boaters have to drain all water and remove all plants from their boat to avoid the growth of microscopic invasive species.

To help people clear away the invasive species, they used a powerful heated hose.

Officials say taking these steps will keep boats in good condition.

"It's not really all that much to ask and most boaters are doing them already, but for some people it's just one more step they need to take before driving away," said DNR conservation warden Pearl Wallace.

DNR officials say fines for violating these laws range from $250 to $400.
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