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BoatSafeNebraska.org | 15 CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY Zebra and quagga mussels can survive out of water for up to two weeks. AIS, such as zebra mussels, are invisible to the naked eye during the larval stage and can be spread through drops of water that live up to 27 days in cooler temperature. Aquatic plants can be spread by tiny fragments as well. After boating and before launching your boat in a different water body: • Rinse boat and all equipment with hot tap water ideally more than 140 degrees F to kill zebra and quagga mussels. Vinegar can also be used to kill young zebra and quagga mussels, especially in live wells; • Spray boat, live well, engine and trailer with a high-pressure sprayer; • Pull plugs from bilge, live wells and engine to drain upon leaving a water body. • If washing the boat away from the water body you are leaving, do not allow runoff to enter a drainage. Control your runoff. • Dry boat and all equipment for at least five days. Use a towel to speed up the drying process. • Visit stopaquatichitchhikers.org for more information on procedures and AIS on watercraft. NONRESIDENT AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES STAMP Motorized watercraft registered outside of Nebraska are required to purchase and display an Aquatic Invasive Species Stamp (image on the right) before launching from any Nebraska boat ramp. • The fee for the decal-like stamp is $15, which includes a $2 issuing fee. (Fees may change in 2021; visit OutdoorNebraska.org.) • The stamp can be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org, at Commission offices (see list on page 2), or authorized permit agents. • At the time of purchase, the purchaser will receive a valid temporary permit. The actual stamp will be mailed within 10 business days. • The stamp is required annually. • The stamp must be permanently affixed to the starboard and rearward side of the boat, on the outside of the hull above the water line. (See image on right.)

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