CARRINGTON, ND (May 21, 2021) – In light of National Invasive Species Awareness Week May 16-22, the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District, together with the ND Game & Fish Dept., urges citizens to take some time to learn more about Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS).
ANS are non-native plants or animals that threaten North Dakota’s aquatic resources. ANS have a limited range in North Dakota, and it is up to water users to keep it that way. If established, ANS could cost taxpayers and local businesses millions in control and mitigation measures. Eurasian watermilfoil, flowering rush, Asian clams, and zebra mussels can clog pipes and slow water flows in irrigation and drainage ditches. ANS can have adverse effects on the ecology of our lakes and rivers and impede recreational activities.
Prevention and education are the greatest tools to preserve and protect our aquatic resources for the future. Take time to talk to your friends, family, and fellow water recreationists about the importance of keeping ANS out of our waterbodies. Remember to clean, drain and dry all watercraft, heavy equipment, and watersports gear before working or recreating. Remove vegetation and residual moisture every time.
Know and follow the ANS regulations before enjoying North Dakota’s aquatic resources. To learn more about ANS, please visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department or State Water Commission’s website. Together we can preserve and protect our water resources!