The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reminding Iowa’s water recreationists to take precautions against spreading aquatic invasive species.
Zebra mussels reproduce and spread rapidly. They compete with native organisms for food, and they kill native mussels.
Eurasian watermilfoil compete with native aquatic plants, leading to decreased plant diversity.
The Iowa DNR requests that water recreationists “CLEAN any plants, animals, or mud from boat and equipment before leaving a water body; DRAIN water from all equipment (motor, live well, bilge, transom well) before leaving a water body; DRY anything that comes into contact with water (boats, trailers, equipment, boots, clothing, dogs).”
Read more from the Iowa DNR here.