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BOATING — Mandatory watercraft inspection stations targeting invasive species have opened at three sites in the Idaho Panhandle, with two more to open in May.
And don't forget Idaho's invasive species sticker requirement for most vessles. The sticker comes with Idaho boat registrations, but a separate sticker must be purchased if your boat is registered out of state or if you have an unregistered non-motorized craft. All non-motorized boats over 10 feet long, including inflatables, are required to have a sticker.
Idaho's boat inspection sites will check vessels for standing water and signs of quagga and zebra mussels. Inspectors will ask boaters where their craft has been in the previous 30 days. All boats should be clean, drained and dry when they arrive in Idaho.
Inspection stations the state Agriculture Department has opened so far are:
These stations will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. through Sept. 9.
Stations at Old Town on Highway 2 east of Newport and Samuels on Highway 95 north of Sandpoint, are set to open on May 15.
The inspections are an effort to keep invasive mussels out of Idaho’s waters.
Zebra and quagga mussels are prolific breeders, attaching themselves to hard surfaces where they clog intake pipes and foul freshwater ecosystems. The mussels have infested the Great Lakes. In recent years, they’ve been found in parts of Nevada, Utah, California, Arizona and Colorado.
INVASIVE SPECIES – Idaho’s Invasive Species program and mandatory boat inspection law got a shot of credibility this week as an exotic quagga mussel was found in Montana on the hull of a sailboat that had been in Nevada’s Lake Mead.
Mandatory watercraft inspections kick in at two sites in North Idaho on Tuesday, according to today's SR story.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials and a volunteer certified mussel inspector found the quarter-inch mussel Saturday during an inspection at the Dayton Yacht Harbor on Flathead Lake. The mussel appeared to be alive, according to an Associated Press report.
The sailboat had been decontaminated at Lake Mead in Nevada and was inspected by the Idaho Department of Transportation.
Montana officials were notified by the Columbia River Basin Network inspectors last Friday that the decontamination might have been inadequate.
The local inspection led to further decontamination. The boat is in dry dock and won’t be launched for at least two months.
Quagga and zebra mussels can cover beaches with sharp shells, foul boat motors and moorage and overwhelm a lake’s ecosystem.