Lake Granby boat inspections begin
August 19, 2008
On Friday, Aug. 15, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW), in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, began boat inspections for weekend boaters at Lake Granby.
Inspections will be conducted randomly at the Stillwater and Sunset Point boat ramps. Inspectors will be present Friday through Sunday from sunrise to sunset.
The Arapaho Bay boat ramp will be closed during this time.
Boat inspections will be implemented only on weekends, when the reservoir typically sees 95 percent of its recreational traffic.
There will be no inspections Monday through Thursday or during the nighttime hours. Lake Granby will remain open and all boat ramps will be accessible during these days. Boaters are expected to follow the “Clean, Drain and Dry” protocol when inspections are not available.
“Right now, our goal is to address the peak traffic periods on the lake,” said Elizabeth Brown, DOW invasive species coordinator. “We plan to expand the inspection efforts as additional staffing and resources become available.”
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Boaters should make sure their vessels are clean and dry before entering and when leaving the reservoir. This will help to insure that inspection procedures run smoothly and that no mussels or larvae are transported to another body of water. Vessels identified as “at risk” for spreading mussels or other aquatic nuisance species, will be cleaned and decontaminated at an on-site hot-water wash station.
Lake Granby is the largest reservoir in the Colorado-Big Thompson Project (C-BT). The DOW is working with the other managing agencies to develop an appropriate response plan for each of the C-T reservoirs.
For more information about zebra and quagga mussels visit: http://www.wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/InvasiveSpecies/ZebraandQuaggaMussels.htm.
For more information from the U.S. Forest Service, call John Bustos, (970) 295-6674