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More boats carrying invasive mussels into Idaho have been intercepted at inspection stations so far this year than for the entire boating seasons in each of the last five years, Idaho officials say.
Most kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are among the vessels required to have state Invasive Species Stickers before launching in Idaho waters, state officials says. The requirement surprises some boaters with small vessels, officials say. And some boaters say they wouldn’t mind paying the fee if it resulted in more education about the consequences of aquatic invasive species.
Idaho’s boat inspection program, aimed at keeping invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of the state, is facing a big budget shortfall that’s sent state lawmakers scrambling.
Boat inspections to keep invasive species out of Oregon’s lakes and waterways are set to resume along Interstate 5.
Idaho has increased the number of mandatory watercraft inspection stations that are open in the Panhandle to three with two more opening in May. All boats will be inspected for standing water and signs of quagga and zebra mussels. Inspectors will ask boaters where their craft has been in the previous 30 days.