Boat inspection stations open to combat aquatic invasive species
Monday, May 26, 2014 5:00 PM
The Nevada Division of State Parks and the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) have announced the opening of four Northern Nevada Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) watercraft inspection and decontamination stations for summer 2014.
Funding for the stations is provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grants and Nevada's AIS watercraft decal. The stations are part of the state's ongoing efforts to prevent the spread and introduction of aquatic invasive species such as quagga mussels and Eurasian Watermilfoil into Nevada's waters. Once introduced, AIS can be difficult, many times impossible or very costly to eradicate. AIS can cause major detrimental impacts to native species and create economic hardships in waterways where they become established.
State Parks and NDOW encourage the boating public to utilize these free of charge stations and help protect Nevada's waterways. Two stations are located at Lahontan Reservoir and one cleaning station can also be found at both Wildhorse and Rye Patch reservoirs. The stations are scheduled to be open the following hours and days depending on reservoir water levels and boater traffic:
Lahontan Reservoir: Silver Springs Entrance: Daily from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Dam Area Entrance: Daily except Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30am - 5 p.m.
Wildhorse Reservoir: Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rye Patch Reservoir: Thursday through Sunday from 6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In addition, NDOW will also have several traveling rovers periodically visiting Nevada lakes and reservoirs that currently do not have an AIS station. The rovers will be providing AIS education, watercraft inspections and free of charge decontaminations at boat ramps across the state.
Help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in Nevada waters by always remembering to CLEAN, DRAIN, & DRY your watercraft every time you exit a body of water. Visit NDOW.ORG for additional information on AIS. Learn more about safe and responsible boating by taking a boating class online at ndow.org.