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WEISER, Idaho. - Eight of 18 planned boat inspection sites in Idaho are up and running in an attempt to prevent the invasive quagga and zebra mussels from entering the state.

The invasive mussels reproduce and spread rapidly, clogging machinery and water pipes and destroying aquatic ecosystems.

Lloyd Knight of the Idaho Department of Agriculture says inspection sites are focusing on boats coming into Idaho from other states.

The inspection program is being paid for by a special invasive species sticker that must be placed on boats and that costs from $5 to $20.

If introduced in Idaho, it has been estimated that the fouling mussels could cost taxpayers $100 million annually. Mussels can rapidly colonize a water body and live for several days out of the water.

To eliminate the risk of accidental introduction, boat owners must clean, drain and dry boats and equipment before moving a vessel from one water body to another.

You can purchase the invasive species sticker online through the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

You can also purchase stickers through the mail by mailing your completed form with a check, payable to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR). Please allow seven (7) days for processing.

IDPR Registration Unit
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0065

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