If you are
one of thousands of “snowbirds” who moved from your home state down to Clark
County to avoid the harsh winter, you’re probably getting ready to head back
home as the weather starts to warm up. Well, the Nevada Department of Wildlife
(NDOW) wants to remind you to get your watercraft inspected as well as
decontaminated before heading home.
not realize it, but getting your boat inspected and decontaminated is one of the
most important steps in packing up and heading home,” said Laura Megill, Aquatic
Invasive Species Coordinator for NDOW. “Helping to prevent the spread of
aquatic invasive species (AIS) is the responsibility of everyone in the boating
were first discovered at Lake Mead in Jan. 2007. Since then their presence has
been confirmed throughout the Lower Colorado River System and in other waters.
Since eradication of the invasive species is not possible at this point, it is
important that boaters and other recreationists take steps to prevent the
spread of quagga mussels between waterways. The same is true for other invasive
species such as Eurasian watermilfoil.
four stations at Lake Mead National Recreational Area (LMNRA) and one station along
Highway 93 outside of Alamo, Nevada where they can bring their boats. The LMNRA
locations are: Callville Bay (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., seven days a week), Boulder
Harbor (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., seven days a week) and Hemenway Harbor (8 a.m. – 4:30
p.m., seven days a week) at Lake Mead and Cottonwood Cove (by appointment only)
at Lake Mohave. Alamo station is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. The inspections are free and by appointment only. To schedule an
appointment at LMNRA and Lake Mohave call (702) 757-5757 and at Alamo call (775)
mussels can and have caused extensive damage to water intake systems as well as
boats used for recreation and industry wherever the mussels are found. The most
important thing that we can do is to take the necessary steps to prevent the
spread of quagga mussels between waterways,” said Ms. Megill.
hitchhikers like quagga mussels from spreading to other waterbodies by visiting
our AIS removal stations and always remember to clean, drain and dry.
CLEAN - Remove all mud, plants, and animals from every part
of your boat.
DRAIN - Remove
all water from your boat, including its live wells before you leave the
DRY - Allow boat to completely dry before you launch in another
Nevada Department of Wildlife protects, conserves, manages and restores
wildlife and its habitat for the aesthetic, scientific, educational,
recreational, and economic benefits to citizens of Nevada and the United
States, and to promote the safety of persons using vessels on the waters of
Nevada. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or visit us at www.ndow.org.