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Colorado steps up boat inspections for invasive species

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is stepping up boat inspections to prevent the spread of New Zealand mud snails.

Mandatory out-going boat inspections required at Eleven Mile Reservoir

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — After detecting two potentially destructive invasive species in Eleven Mile Reservoir, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will require mandatory inspections on all incoming and outgoing boats to try and prevent the New Zealand mud snails and Eurasian water milfoil (an aquatic plant) from spreading to other reservoirs.

“The major change for boaters is the requirement for mandatory outgoing boat inspections,” said Kevin Tobey, Eleven Mile State Park’s manager. “Nearly 75 percent of out-going boats already stop by for voluntary inspections when coming off the water and we’ll have staff available to ensure we get folks through as quickly and efficiently as possible. In most cases, outgoing boat inspections should not take any more time than incoming inspections.” Continue reading

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