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Boat with invasive mussel larvae intercepted in Idaho

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Quagga and zebra mussels can clog agricultural irrigation pipes, impact power generation, encrust native species and disrupt the food web Quagga and zebra mussels can clog agricultural irrigation pipes, impact power generation, encrust native species and disrupt the food web
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POCATELLO, Idaho. - Idaho officials say a boat from Wyoming that was likely carrying an invasive mussel was intercepted in southeast Idaho and decontaminated before being allowed to enter Bear Lake.

Jesse Taylor of the Bear Lake Regional Commission says boat inspection workers found a sandpaper-like surface on the hull of the boat that is a sign of quagga larvae.

Due to the fact that Idaho officials didn't have a decontamination station at the area, one was sent from Utah to wash the boat before it was allowed to enter Bear Lake.

Taylor says about 1,500 boats have been checked at two Idaho stations on Bear Lake since July 1.

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. They clog pipes, foul infrastructure and damage recreational equipment.

The State of Idaho is requiring boat owners to purchase stickers before they can legally put any vessel into the water. You can purchase that 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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