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Boaters pay for other culprits

The Spokesman-Review

Over the past few years there has been much said about the transfer of aquatic invasive species by motorboats. Now the state of Idaho will charge boaters $10 for resident and $20 for nonresident boat owners.

Now take into consideration the number of waterfowl (ducks, geese, blue heron and others) that fly from lake to lake and from state to state. Think of the dollars lost with the thousands of birds flying from one lake to the other.

Boaters are not totally responsible for the transfer of milfoil and zebra and quagga mussels, but we must pay because we can be stopped by law enforcement officers. Waterfowl is another matter. Ex-Vice President Dick Cheney should be hired to collect from the waterfowl. What a rip-off.

The state of Washington will soon have the same sticker to buy for boating on Washington lakes. You can bet it will cost much more than Idaho.

Ed Deishl

Spokane Valley


 

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