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Clean. Drain. Dry.

Two boats on prairie lake with people in them fishing

Aquatic Nuisance Species

Words: Clean - inspect all equipment and remove ANS, Drain - all water, Dry - all equipment before entering another waterbody

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Assist your lake with ANS surveillance. As docks and lifts are pulled from the water this fall, please inspect all equipment for ANS.

Zebra mussels on dock post

Species like zebra mussels can be detrimental to aquatic ecosystems and like to attach to hard surfaces, right angles and shaded areas.

Zebra mussels are small (less than 2 inches), D-shaped bivalves with alternating light and dark strips.

If found, take a picture and report it online.

ANS Spread Prevention Tips

  • Inspect your boat, trailer and equipment like decoys, waders, blinds and even your dog.
  • Remove all plants, animals, and mud from your equipment.
  • Drain all water from your livewells, ballast tanks, engine and other equipment.
    • Remember to pull all plugs that may hold back water during overland transport.

Protect North Dakota Waters from Aquatic Nuisance Species

Person removing vegetation from boat trailer

Learn the rules and regulations.


Silver carp jumping from water

Discover what species are classified as Aquatic Nuisance Species.


Zebra mussel coating boat dock post

Report Aquatic Nuisance Species sightings.


North Dakota High Risk Waters

The following aquatic nuisance species are known to be in at least one water body within North Dakota: