The Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) certification requirement is an effort the City of Herington has put forth to help control the introduction of the zebra mussel to our bodies of water. The zebra mussel can overtake swimming areas and eat food supplies for the wanted aquatic life. Another important factor not only to Herington but the communities around that receive water from us is the damage they can do to the water system. Because the lakes are our water source it is extremely important we do what we can to protect them.
The spread of zebra mussels can be prevented by draining all of the water from boats, live wells, and bait wells.
- Thoroughly inspect your boat's hull and trailer for any zebra mussels and remove.
- Wash equipment with 140-degree water (your local car wash hot water rinse).
- Let equipment sit for 5 days.
- Never take fish or plants from one lake and put them in another.
- Never dip your bait bucket into a lake or river if it has water in it from another waterbody.”
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