Wisconsin buys boat decontamination system

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has purchased a boat decontamination unit that kills invasive species with hot water.

These units are common in Western states, but this is the first unit east of the Mississippi, according to an article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal.

The unit cost $16,000 each and was purchased through federal funds via the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The units are made by Salt Lake City-based Hydro Engineering.

The units look like a pressure washer and can pressurize and heat water to 140 degrees. This instantly kills species such as zebra mussels. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to decontaminate a boat and trailer.

At this point, the unit is being used for demonstrations and education.

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