On May 2nd aquatic invasive species inspectors at Elk Creek inspection station on Blue Mesa Reservoir intercepted a boat infested with mussels. The local boat had been moored at Lake Havasu in Arizona for the last five months. Both adult and juvenile mussels had already taken hold on the boat. The state certified boat inspection staff at Blue Mesa used hot water to kill the invasive mussels on the boat at no cost to the boater.
This is the 13th infested boat Blue Mesa inspectors have found since the inception of inspections in 2008. Statewide, inspection stations have intercepted 101 boats infested with mussels since 2008.
Zebra and quagga mussels are relatives of clams and oysters. These non-native invasive species are a threat to Blue Mesa and other waterways as they clog infrastructure, alter ecosystems, destroy fisheries, and encrust docks and boats causing severe damage. Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal reservoirs are free of mussels thanks to the diligence of federal and state agencies and the cooperation of recreationists.
Motorized and trailered watercraft launching in Blue Mesa Reservoir are required to be inspected for aquatic invasive species prior to launching, and if necessary, decontaminated in accordance with procedures set by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. In addition to the mandatory inspection prior to launch, boaters are encouraged to get an exit inspection to verify the watercraft has been cleaned, drained and dried.