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BOISE, Idaho. - A House panel backed increasing fees for invasive-species stickers on rafters, kayakers and out-of-state boaters, over objections from non-motorized boaters.
     
The Resources Committee voted Tuesday to hike fees for non-motorized boats to $7, from $5, and to $22 for out-of-state boaters, from $20. For motorized boats from Idaho, fees would remain $10.
     
The revenue funds a state program to keep invasive species like quagga mussels out of Idaho, but this fee hike would go to pay some 300 private vendors offering the stickers for sale.
     
But the Idaho Whitewater Association's Howard Miller told the panel he's seen no evidence mussels attach themselves to rubber rafts or kayaks.
     
Rep. Eric Anderson, a Priest Lake Republican, argued it takes just moments in mussel-infested, out-of-state waters for any boat to be compromised.
     
The measure now goes to the full House.

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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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