Colorado to inspect boats for free-riding mussels
DENVER, Colorado ” It’s almost boating season and Colorado has new regulations to prevent the spread of nonnative mussels that can clog pipes, pumps and boat motors.
Boats that have been on any Colorado lakes or reservoirs where zebra and quagga mussels have been found must be inspected before launching at a new site. All out-of-state boats and ones returning to Colorado must pass inspection before entering a lake.
Zebra and the related quagga mussels were found in Lake Pueblo early last year. Mussel larvae were later found in six other locations.
The mussels were first discovered in the United States in the Great Lakes in 1988. It’s believed they were carried in a trans-Atlantic ship’s ballast water.
Zebra and Quagga Mussels: http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/InvasiveSpecies/ZebraandQuaggaMussels.htm