Zebra mussels spur boat checks in Dillon | VailDaily.com

Zebra mussels spur boat checks in Dillon

Bob Berwyn
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” The threat of zebra mussels means boaters at Dillon Reservoir will face mandatory inspections, possible quarantines and sharply limited boat-launching .

Biologists and water managers say those steps, backed by public awareness of the issue, are needed to protect Dillon Reservoir’s fish and water quality.

Experience in other states has shown that inspecting and cleaning boats greatly reduces the chances of contamination, but only a drying period will kill mussels.

There will be a decontamination station at the Frisco Bay Marina.

The aggressive mussels quickly spread and can damage boats and water supply systems, according to a press release from the town of Dillon.

The only boat launching areas for the Dillon Reservoir will be at the Dillon and Frisco marinas. The launch ramp at the Dillon Marina will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. The launch ramp at the Frisco Bay Marina will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

The new inspection and cleaning procedures at Dillon Reservoir apply to all boats, including kayaks, canoes and sailboats. An inspection and tagging program has been created to streamline boat launching and to minimize the inconvenience to boaters.

Boats may be inspected and cleaned, followed by a quarantine or drying period.

The recent discovery of zebra mussels in Pueblo Reservoir has heightened concerns throughout the state.

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