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Free sticker reminds boaters to check the drain plug

A bright-yellow warning sticker has been created by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help remind boaters to "check their drain plug."

Invasive species regulations, which went into effect last year, now require boaters to remove the plug and drain the bilge and live well before transporting a watercraft. The DNR developed the sticker because some boaters forget to put their drain plug back in place before relaunching their boats.

The DNR suggests the warning sticker be placed next to the boat trailer's winch handle, or somewhere else the boater is likely to see it before the boat is launched.

Boaters can obtain the stickers at no charge by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367. They are also available by emailing and requesting the "Drain Plug Sticker."