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Bassville_Usa
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:42 PM 06/30/10 (CST)
It is my understanding that starting tomorrow in Minnesota the drain plug must be out and livewells must empty when moving your boat on any roadway. Even if you have drained the boat, the drain plug must be out until you reach the next lake or waterbody. This is statewide, subject to a large fine and applies to any lake or river regardless if it has an existing AIS.






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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:06 PM 06/30/10 (CST)
Is this true? Because this is bad for me if it is! My boat plug hasn't been out of my boat ever! It's been stuck in there since 1994! And I can't get it out. The rubber is like sealed to the metal or something. I've even tried to loosen the nut and pound it out but the nut just broke off the bolt. I think this is a good law, but I was planning on heading up to the big pond in the morning, not worrying about this. Anybody have any ideas other than breaking out a drill or torch? mad smiley mad smiley mad smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:30 PM 06/30/10 (CST)

More on this issue

Starting tomorrow if you have your drain plug in, while transporting your boat on any roadway in Minnesota, you could be subject to a $250.00 fine

Regulations on transport of water

As of July 1, 2010, the following regulations, apply to the transportation of water by boaters from all waters in the state (violations are misdemeanors):

* a person leaving waters of the state must drain boating-related equipment holding water and live wells and bilges by removing the drain plug before transporting the watercraft and associated equipment on public roads; and
* drain plugs, bailers, valves, or other devices used to control the draining of water from ballast tanks, bilges, and live wells must be removed or opened while transporting watercraft on a public road (marine sanitary systems and portable bait containers are excluded from this requirement).



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:11 PM 06/30/10 (CST)
I checked the DNR website. They didn't have a news release on the subject. However, I did see the laws very specifically layed out in a section buried in there.
So, I still have the same problem.

How do I get my plug out?

The bolt is broke off, I have the arm down, and the hammer bounces off the plug, and the plug does not move, it's laughing at me!!!!! smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:11 PM 06/30/10 (CST)
Just to be sure, what statutes are these in? Couldn't find them myself. The only ones I found were the infested water laws.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:21 PM 06/30/10 (CST)
Fishing,
Under education, invasive species,
Left tab, stop aquatic hitchhikers,
MN Laws in Red.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:32 PM 06/30/10 (CST)
"This is what passed in the Legislature this year. It is effective July 1, 2010.

the laws of 2010, chapter 361, article 4, section 25, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:
Subd. 4. Persons leaving public waters. (a) A person leaving waters of the state must drain boating-related equipment holding water and live wells and bilges by removing the drain plug before transporting the watercraft and associated equipment on public roads. Drain plugs, bailers, valves, or other devices used to control the draining of water from ballast tanks, bilges, and live wells must be removed or opened while transporting watercraft on a public road. Marine sanitary systems and portable bait containers are excluded from this requirement. A person must not dispose of bait in waters of the state.
(b) The commissioner shall report, by January 15 of each odd-numbered year, to the chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees and divisions having jurisdiction over water resources policy and finance. The
report shall advise the legislature on additional measures to protect state water resources from human transport of invasive species."
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:56 AM 07/01/10 (CST)
I just heard about it on MPR this morning.

From Tuesday's Star Tribune:

The change requiring boats being trailered to have their drain plugs removed or opened will make enforcement of the laws easier, Rendall said. “We don’t have to just sit at an access and watch people. If you’re going down the road and your drain plug is in, it would be a violation.’’

Bassville_Usa mentioned it, but note the change to regulating live bait disposal too:

“Now you can’t dispose of bait in water, and, under littering laws, you can’t dump it on the ground,’’ said Rendall. “What we recommend is you put it in the trash or compost it at home.’’








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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 04:26 PM 07/01/10 (CST)
Thanks for the clarification, now stupid me is going to have to remember to put the drain plug in at the launch. Think theres is going to be a couple re-trailers before I remember to add this step into my normal routine. I used to leave it out until I got home and unpacked the boat.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 07:44 PM 07/01/10 (CST)
"The bolt is broke off, I have the arm down, and the hammer bounces off the plug, and the plug does not move,"

On every boat plug I've ever seen, the arm extends straight out from the plug to pull it out. You turn the handle part down at a 90 angle to lock it in. If that's the kind of plug you've got and you have the handle extending straight out from the plug and it still won't wiggle out, I'd probably fit a socket over it on the outside of the boat (assuming you have the handle part on the inside) and carefully pound on it with a hammer.
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