The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) will begin operating mobile watercraft inspection and decontamination stations across the state to help combat the spread of zebra mussels.

GFP staff has been trained to inspect boats for zebra mussels and other Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Inspection and decontamination stations will be placed at boat landings and on highways frequently used by boaters. Due to a law passed during the 2020 Legislative Session, boaters are required to stop and have their boats inspected.

“This will be a pretty quick process for boaters who clean, drain and dry their boat, trailer and equipment,” GFP fisheries chief John Lott said. “For most people it is just a quick look at the boat and a short series of questions.”

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times and Leader-Courier.