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By Andi Bourne

Protect our waters – Clean, drain, dry


Lindsey Bona-Eggeman

AIS inspectors check a fishing boat at the Clearwater Junction Watercraft Inspection Station May 4.

The Clearwater Junction watercraft inspection station opened April 18. Anyone transporting motorized or non-motorized watercraft is required, by law, to stop at all stations they encounter. This is an effort to protect Montana's waters and native aquatic species from aquatic invasive species (AIS).

AIS, including diseases, are easily spread from one water body to the other. Because some aquatic invasive species are microscopic, standing water inside bilges, live wells, compartments, ballast tanks or bladders can unintentionally transport these invaders. Quagga and zebra mussel larvae can su...

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