by Jennifer A. Smith, Wisconsin Sea Grant

With boating season just around the corner, Wisconsin Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant Law Center have provided timely guidance to those operating or planning to operate a watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) program in Wisconsin.

Their legal guidance is available in a concise document outlining the issues and various types of liability faced by federally operated WID stations, state/local stations, and stations run by nonprofits. The document is available on Wisconsin Sea Grant’s website.

While hand removal of aquatic plants and draining water is generally effective at preventing the spread of invasive species, decontamination can further reduce the risk of transporting small invertebrates like zebra mussels, snails and spiny water fleas.

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