Environmental Services

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Rice County Joins Governor Dayton in Promoting Clean Drain Dry Day

Clean Drain Dry

Governor Mark Dayton, in an effort to protect Minnesota’s outdoor heritage, has proclaimed May 13, 2017, Clean Drain Dry Day in Minnesota. With over 1.6 million anglers and boaters hitting the water this weekend for the Minnesota Fishing Opener - many of them in one of Rice County’s 65 lakes - this time-honored tradition is the perfect opportunity to educate anglers on the importance of aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention.

Rice County recognizes the economic impact healthy natural resources have on our communities. Environmental Services Director Julie Runkel said, “By proclaiming May 13 Clean Drain Dry Day in conjunction with the 2017 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener, all outdoor recreational users are reminded to take action and become part of the solution for protecting our lakes and rivers from the spread of aquatic invasive species.”

Minnesota is home to some of America’s finest fishing and boating waters. Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species is simple and easy to do. Visual reminders of the Clean Drain Dry campaign are posted throughout the state on highway billboards, at gas stations, boat ramps, bait shops, social media, and on mobile devices.


“We can’t fight AIS alone. Clean Drain Dry is a simple message that unites everyone in prevention. I’m happy that Governor Dayton acknowledges the partner accomplishments of all those involved in preventing the spread of AIS,” Runkel said.

Do your part this fishing and boating season: Clean. Drain. Dry. All boats. All trailers. All gear. All the time.

For more information, please visit the Rice County website at: www.co.rice.mn.us


Brad Behrens, Rice County Environmental Specialist, (507) 333-3871

Julie Runkel, Rice County Environmental Services Director, (507) 332-6113

Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator, (507) 332-6121

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