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Zebra mussel protection at Standley Lake
4/9/2008
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Original release with links can be found here: http://www.ci.westminster.co.us/res/recfac/SL/default_8794.htm
Zebra mussel protection at Standley Lake

Effective immediately, there are new procedures for recreation on Standley Lake to prevent the introduction of destructive aquatic invasive species identified as zebra mussels into Standley Lake, the primary drinking water supply for over a quarter of a million residents in Westminster, Thornton and Northglenn.

Zebra mussels and other similar species are a direct and immediate threat to Standley Lake. The aggressive mussels quickly spread and can cause costly damage to boats and water supply systems. These invasive species also adversely impact the natural ecosystem of the lake, harming natural fisheries and degrading water quality.

The recent discovery of zebra mussels in Pueblo Reservoir has heightened concerns throughout the state. State and federal officials, as well as many municipalities, are moving quickly to prevent the spread of these destructive mussels. Many are considering similar inspection and cleaning procedures at Front Range lakes and reservoirs during the upcoming boating season.

The new inspection and cleaning procedures at Standley Lake apply to all boats, including untrailered boats such as kayaks, canoes and sailboats. An inspection and tagging program has been created to streamline boat launching and to minimize the inconvenience to boaters. Boats may be inspected and cleaned, followed by a quarantine or drying period. Experience in other states has shown that inspecting and cleaning boats greatly reduces the chances of contamination, but only a drying period will kill mussels.

These efforts are necessary to protect Standley Lake from becoming contaminated by this aggressive invasive species and also preserving recreational use at Standley Lake Regional Park.

Three informational meetings have been scheduled in April to explain the threat of invasive species and the new program designed to reduce the threat while allowing boating to continue on Standley Lake.

Monday, April 14, 2008 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., City Park Recreation Center - Community Room, 10455 Sheridan Boulevard, 303-460-9690

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., City Park Recreation Center - Community Room, 10455 Sheridan Boulevard, 303-460-9690

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., West View Recreation Center - Community Room, 10747 W 108th Avenue, 303-460-9530

Questions? Contact the Standley Lake Regional Park Nature Center at 303-425-1097.