Anyone 18 or older can go to the new Pledge to Protect Minnesota Waters page of the DNR website to take the pledge and upload a photo, if desired. 

The pledge affirms that participants will follow Minnesota’s “Clean, Drain, Dispose” laws and will encourage others to do so.

“The pledge allows people to demonstrate their commitment to protect Minnesota waters,” said Tina Fitzgerald, aquatic invasive species prevention planner. “Aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels, starry stonewort and Eurasian watermilfoil, are spread by people, which means people can prevent their spread.”

Visitors to the page can also see other public pledges and share the page with friends.

Regardless of the activity—boating, paddling, fishing, moving shoreline equipment, using recreational gear on the water, or caring for aquarium pets or water gardens—everyone can pledge to do their part and take several simple actions to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.