Launch of Wright County Regional Watercraft Decontamination and Inspection Program

In a first for the state of Minnesota, Wright County has established a regional watercraft decontamination and inspection program. From October 11th through October 31, if you wish to launch a water-related equipment into Lake Sylvia (east and west), Lake John, or Pleasant Lake in Wright County, a free entrance inspection is required. The regional site is located at 1300 Business Blvd. in Annandale, and is open sunup to sundown.
After inspection, and if needed decontamination, the user will receive a Proof of Inspection to place in their tow vehicle and their water-related equipment will have a zip-tie seal affixed. When launching the water-related equipment, the user will place the zip-tie seal in a collection box at the lake access.
The new requirement applies to water-related equipment launched from October 11 through October 31 at public or private landings, with two exceptions:
• Non-motorized carry-in water-related equipment such as canoes, kayaks and paddle boards.
• Water-related equipment, boats, lifts and docks stored in the riparian area of the lake and not transported over public roads.
We remind boaters and anglers to follow all Minnesota laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:
• Clean aquatic plants and animals from water-related equipment;
• Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting water-related equipment; and
Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.
After October 31, the regional inspection station will be closed for the season and lake users can launch as normal. Please always remember to clean, drain, dry. The program is a pilot to increase the percentage of boats inspected prior to launch and to improve the cost-effectiveness of inspections in Wright County.
Courtesy inspections and decontaminations continue to be available to anyone wishing to use any Wright County lake.
The Wright County Regional Watercraft Decontamination Inspection Program is a joint effort between the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Annandale, the Greater Lake Sylvia Lake Association, the Pleasant Lake Association, and the Lake John Association. Significant financial support has been provided by the Initiative Foundation Aquatic Invasive Species Program (Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council). For more information contact Alicia O’Hare AIS@wrightswcd.org or visit http://www.wrightswcd.org/Water_Management/wrip.html .

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