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THE INSPECTION SITE IS
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

The goal of this program is to improve Wright County’s success of preventing new introductions of aquatic invasive species (AIS). This pilot will provide important logistical data to plan for efficient operations. The program requires free entry inspections prior to launching water-related equipment at accesses on three lakes near the city of Annandale (Sylvia (east and west), John and Pleasant). 

The inspection takes place at a convenient site near the lakes--in Annandale Business Park--just a few blocks north of Hwy 55 at 1300 Business Blvd, Annandale, MN. (Directions- follow Annandale Blvd north off of HWY 55, east on Business Boulevard)

Decontamination services are also provided at the site.

The Wright County Commissioners have passed an ordinance to support the pilot. The city of Annandale, Southside Township, and Corinna Township have also supported the pilot.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does the program require an inspection before I launch my boat?

The Wright County Board of Commissioners is very concerned about controlling the spread of invasive species into Wright County lakes and they believe that inbound inspections are a key element in these efforts.  The Commissioners have passed an ordinance making it a requirement for all boats, trailers, docks, lifts, and other water-related equipment to be inspected at the regional station before launching into Sylvia, John and Pleasant.. This is a pilot and the inspections/decontaminations are at no charge.

  • Why are there only three lakes involved?

This is a pilot. Plans are to expand the number of lakes in the program, and by starting small, the program can easily be adjusted to keep things running smoothly.

  • Where is the regional inspection and decontamination station?

The regional inspection station will be conveniently located in the Annandale Business Park (1300 Business Boulevard, Annandale, MN 55302).  Directions

  • What are the hours of operation for the inspection and decontamination station?

Operating hours are 1/2 hour before sun up to 1/2 hour after sun down mid-May through October.

  • What does the inspection involve?

During the free inspection, an inspector will visually and tactilely inspect your boat and trailer for AIS. You may be required to undergo a hot water decontamination, which is also provided at no charge. After, you will receive a Certificate of Inspection to place on the dashboard of the tow vehicle. Your watercraft will be zip-tied to the trailer and after launch, the zip tie seal must be placed in the collection box at the landing.

  • What happens if I don’t get an inspection before entering Sylvia, John, or Pleasant?

You are subject to a fine—up to $1,000--if you are found to have launched your water-related equipment and you don’t have the proof of your inspection and zip tie seal placed in the box at the launch.  We hope that you want to be good stewards of our public waters and you will follow these procedures to help prevent the spread of any aquatic invasive species into these Wright County lakes.

  • Are there any exceptions to the inspection requirement?

There are two exceptions:

  • Non-motorized carry-in watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards;

  • Watercraft, boats, lifts, and docks stored in the riparian area of the lake and not transported over public roads.

  • What are the plans for the 2018 season?

After evaluation of the 2017 operational data and user feedback, an updated plan will be submitted to the DNR for approval. For 2018, the program is anticipated to run early April through the end of the boating season.

We remind boaters and anglers to follow all Minnesota laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:

  • Clean aquatic plants and animals from watercraft;

  • Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft; and

  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.

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Wright Soil and Water Conservation District    

Water Management

311 Brighton Ave South, Buffalo, MN 55313 

763-682-1933, Ext. 3

AIS@wrightswcd.org

 

 

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