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New boating law starts July 1

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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) -

A new law goes is going to require a little bit more from boaters. Starting July 1, 2014, it will be illegal to transport aquatic plants on boats. That means before a boater leaves the water, he or she will have to drain all the water from the boat. They'll also have to clean and plants, animals or mud from the boat. Also, before entering a new body of water the boat has to be sprayed with hot water or dried for five or more days.

It's all an effort to prevent introducing new species into foreign bodies of water.

"We want to make sure that we're at least managing the aquatic invasive species that are in Iowa and throughout the nation," said Susan Stocker, Boating Law Administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

To help boaters learn the rules, Iowa Department of Natural Resources employees will be doing inspections at boat ramps.

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