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Cleaning boats may be mandated

DEC looks to slow spread of aquatic invasive species

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing the first statewide boat-cleaning rules in an effort to limit the spread of aquatic invasive species, Proposed rules announced Thursday would apply to all DEC-operated boat launches, requiring that any plant or animal material and all excess water be removed from boats before launching them and after removing them from the water. The proposal would require boaters to also clean trailers and associated equipment, dispose of any ...

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