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User Specific Prevention Procedures: Boaters

Boats and boat trailers can easily transport aquatic hitchhikers in many different ways. When you enter a different water body, you can be introducing a new aquatic nuisance species. Many of the different plant species can expand quickly in a new environment and the next time you return, you may not be able to get your boat through the mat of weeds. Also species such as zebra mussels can ruin boat engines and jam steering equipment.

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