Lake Powell to require mussel inspections

Page, Ariz. (AP) – Boaters on Lake Powell will now have to have
federal inspectors check their craft for zebra or quagga mussels
before they’re allowed onto the water.

The new rules announced on Wednesday by the Glen Canyon National
Recreation Area go into effect at the end of the month. A boater
‘self-certification’ program in place since 2007 will be
discontinued at all but remote launch sites.

The inspection rules apply to all of Lake Powell’s major launch
ramps. Hours of operation will vary but generally cover daylight
hours. Ramps will be closed when inspectors aren’t present.

The thumb-sized mussels can clog pipes and gum up waterworks and
pose a threat to water systems across the West. They were first
discovered west of the Rockies in January 2007 in Lake Mead.

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