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DOW offers boat inspection training at Ruedi

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – The Colorado Division of Wildlife will offer training in watercraft inspection and decontamination at the Aspen Yacht Club at Ruedi Reservoir on June 29-30.

The day and a half of training is designed to provide boaters and reservoir managers with the expertise to detect and prevent zebra and quagga mussel infestation of lakes and streams. The mussels are invasive freshwater shellfish that reproduce quickly and can do significant damage to water resources, fisheries, boats and underwater machinery, such as reservoir outlet works, hydropower facilities and boating infrastructure.

The objective of the training is to prevent the infestation of Ruedi Reservoir by providing local citizens and boaters with the information necessary to inspect their own boats and others. The training is also aimed at identifying individuals who may be interested in staffing an inspection program for all boats on Ruedi. The potential for such a program is currently being investigated by the Ruedi Water and Power Authority in cooperation with other state and local agencies.

The training is free and will be conducted by Elizabeth Brown, the invasive species coordinator for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The Aspen Yacht Club is located about 18 miles east of Basalt on Fryingpan Road. Signs along the road will mark the turnoff to the club.

The Monday session will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and participants are urged to bring their own lunch. The Tuesday session will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. Attendance is limited to 20 participants; reservations are necessary by noon on Friday, June 26.

For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Mark Fuller at fulcon@comcast.net or (970) 963-4959; or Elizabeth Brown at elizabeth.brown@state.co.us or at 303-291-7362.


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