Keep Aquatic Invasive Species Out of South Dakota's Waters
Remove aquatic plants and animals before leaving any waterbody.
Drain water from bait bucket, live well, bilge and motor before leaving any waterbody.
Dispose of unwanted bait, fish parts, and worms in the trash.
Spray/wash boat, trailer, and equipment with high pressure hot water on your way home or at home -OR- dry everything for at least 5 days.
Always report questionable species.
Never release live animals or plants - this includes all aquarium species, bait, pets or water garden plants. Do not release these into the wild. If you cannot find another home for animals, dispose of them in a trash can or bury them. Seal plants in plastic bags and dispose.
Because these hitchhikers can:
Reduce game fish populations
Ruin boat engines and jam steering equipment
Make lakes/rivers unusable by boaters and swimmers
Dramatically increase the operating costs of drinking water plants, power plants, dam maintenance, and industrial processes
Reduce native species
Affect human health
Reduce property values
Affect local economies of water-dependent communities.