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WDFW to demonstrate boat checks for aquatic invasive species | Sept. 17th

posted Sep 12, 2011, 3:45 PM by City of Bellingham   [ updated Oct 25, 2011, 2:39 PM by rchase@whatcomcounty.org ]
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) enforcement officers will demonstrate how to inspect and decontaminate boats and trailers to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species to Lake Whatcom from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, at Bloedel Donovan Park

“It’s important that boaters inspect and decontaminate their boats as quagga and zebra mussels have already spread to other waterways in several western states,” said WDFW Enforcement Sergeant Carl Klein. “That’s a big concern, because if they get into Lake Whatcom or other Washington waters, they will likely spread rapidly and cause millions of dollars in economic and ecological damages.”

WDFW enforcement officers conduct mandatory checks for aquatic invasive species in several parts of the state. The Saturday demonstration will focus on ways to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and will also give people an idea of what to expect if they come across a mandatory WDFW check station.