Msg 1 Posted: 11:45 PM 03/30/12 (CST)
At today's Citizen AIS Stakeholder meeting in St. Cloud DNR Major Phil Meyer made it clear that we will see roadside spot checks starting soon. Enforcement is confident that given the guidelines listed below, that they will be able to conduct these roadside checks with full legal authority.|
In-addition to the roadside checks level One and Two inspectors will be at almost all high use ramps and 22 portable washing stations will be deployed with a focus on ZM infested lakes. Also a number of lake Associations are arranging for volunteer inspectors. Part of the effort is to transfer some inspection powers to local units of government via a written agreement. These LUG will like hire inspectors. The roadside spot checks will be unannounced and move around the State likely on weekends but not exclusively.
Listed below is from Chapter 107 of the 2011 regular session:
Sec. 27. [84D.105] INSPECTION OF WATER-RELATED EQUIPMENT.
Subdivision 1. Compliance inspections. Compliance with aquatic invasive species inspection requirements is an express condition of operating or transporting
water-related equipment. An inspector may prohibit an individual from placing or operating water-related equipment in waters of the state if the individual refuses to allow an inspection of the individual's water-related equipment or refuses to remove and dispose of aquatic invasive species, aquatic macrophytes, and water.
Subd. 2. Inspector authority. (a) The commissioner shall train and authorize individuals to inspect water-related equipment for aquatic macrophytes, aquatic invasive
species, and water.
(b) Inspectors may visually and tactilely inspect watercraft and water-related equipment to determine whether aquatic invasive species, aquatic macrophytes, or water
is present. If a person transporting watercraft or water-related equipment refuses to take required corrective actions or fails to comply with an order under section 84D.10, subdivision 3, an inspector who is not a licensed peace officer shall refer the violation to a conservation officer or other licensed peace officer.
(c) In addition to paragraph (b), a conservation officer or other licensed peace officer may inspect any watercraft or water-related equipment that is stopped at a water access
site, any other public location in the state, or a private location where the watercraft or water-related equipment is in plain view, if the officer determines there is reason to believe that aquatic invasive species, aquatic macrophytes, or water is present on the watercraft or water-related equipment.
(d) Conservation officers or other licensed peace officers may utilize check stations in locations, or in proximity to locations, where watercraft or other water-related equipment is placed into or removed from waters of the state. Any check stations shall be operated in a manner that minimizes delays to vehicles, equipment, and their occupants.
EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment and applies to violations committed on or after that date.