DNR Q & A: How many watercraft inspectors are hired to check for invasive species?

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:

Q.   How many watercraft inspectors does the DNR hire to check for invasive species?

A.   Our goal is to hire 100 Level 1 watercraft inspectors and 46 Level 2 watercraft inspectors each season. Level 2 inspectors not only inspect boats and equipment for aquatic invasive species, but can decontaminate watercraft using hot high-pressure washers. DNR watercraft inspectors will work at more than 250 public water access sites this season.
The DNR also partners with local units of government so that they can hire their own watercraft inspectors. So far this season, we have trained more than 300 of these local inspectors.

— Heidi Wolf, watercraft inspection program coordinator

For more information, call the DNR information line at 296-6157 or go to the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.


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