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Statewide boat-draining rule goes into effect on July 1

Beginning July 1, boaters must drain all water from their boat and on-board receptacles before leaving or approaching a body of fresh water anywhere in Texas.

The new Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regulation is designed to help combat the further spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species. See the July 3 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more details.