DOW Steps Up Efforts To Control Mussel Outbreak

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is stepping up their efforts to prevent the spread of an invasive species of mussel in Colorado waterways.

Zebra and Quagga mussels were discovered in Lake Pueblo in January 2008 and subsequent sampling has discovered their presence in six other locations across Colorado.

Colorado boating regulations now require all boats to pass a state certified inspection prior to launching in any Colorado waterway. The Division of Wildlife office, at 711 Independent Ave, has constructed a watercraft inspection and decontamination site to help speed along their efforts.

"We're looking for the mussels and were trying to make it as easy as possible for the boaters so we can protect the water of the state of Colorado," says Anita Martinez, Wildlife Biologist for DOW.

The inspection site will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be offered free of charge through October 30. Click on the links below for more information.

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