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Eleven Mile State Park Implements Mandatory Outgoing Boat Inspections

Parks News release 08/25/11
Eleven Mile State Park Implements Mandatory Outgoing Boat Inspections

LAKE GEORGE, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists recently confirmed the presence of two invasive species, New Zealand mud snails (NZMS) and a plant called Eurasian water milfoil (EWM) in Eleven Mile Reservoir. NZMS primarily feed on algae and aquatic plants, and can crowd out other desired fish and invertebrate species. EWM is an aggressive aquatic plant that out competes native plants and can form large strands on the surface of the water, which can entangle motors and degrade the quality of recreational boating opportunities.

Mandatory boat inspections are now required for all incoming and outgoing boats to ensure that these animals and plants are not attached to boats or equipment when they come off the reservoir. Staff will also continue education efforts to remind anglers to clean and dry waders and other footwear when leaving because the tiny 1/8-inch snails can live for days out of water and can survive on felt pads in waders or in grooves on boots or other shoes.

"The major change for boaters is the requirement for mandatory outgoing boat inspections," said Kevin Tobey, Eleven Mile State Park’s manager. "Nearly 75% of out-going boats already stop by for voluntary inspections when coming off the water and we’ll have staff available to ensure we get folks through as quickly and efficiently as possible. In most cases, outgoing boat inspections should not take any more time than incoming inspections."

Anglers throughout Colorado should scrub footwear, including waders, to ensure NZMS are not present, rinse them thoroughly with hot water, and let them dry completely before visiting the next body of water. Hot water or a 50:50 mixture of Formula 409 and clean water are also useful for cleaning waders or other gear.

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