Zebra Mussel Regulations in Effect for the 2010 Season

The City will continue the boat inspection/quarantine program for the 2010 season to prevent the introduction of the invasive Zebra Mussel to the Arvada Reservoir.  The Zebra Mussels permanently alter ecological systems.  The reproduce rapidly and out-compete native organisms for food sources, resulting in lake conditions which favor the growth of blue green algae, degrade sport fisheries, negatively impact the taste of municipal water supplies, and plug pipes leading to municipal water treatment plants.

The inspection program is as follows (no changes from 2009 regulations):

Trailer-mounted boats will have a quarantine period of 14 days.  This program involves inspection of the boat and trailer, and the installation of a tag connecting the boat and trailer demonstrating that the boat has not been launched on anther reservoir.

Car-top carry boats such as kayaks, canoes, and other small craft that are transported on the top of a vehicle will be inspected on the day of use.  If it is clean and dry, they will be allowed to launch.

Wet aquatic bait is prohibited, as the water in which they originated may carry mussel larvae.  This includes, but is not limited to, minnows, leeches, frogs, crayfish, and salamanders.

Pontoon boats will only be allowed on Arvada Reservoir if they meet the following criteria:  The pontoon boat must be designed and manufactured in such a fashion that a continuous deck surface exists between the pontoons and under the feet of the operator for the length of the boat.  Also normal operation of the boat will not result in water flowing over the deck surface of the boat, or operator’s body to be immersed in the water in anyway.

Free pre-season boat inspections will be held on March 6 and March 13, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Arvada Reservoir Ranger Station to help boaters meet the 14-day quarantine period in advance of opening day on April 1.  All boats that have a tag still attached from last season will not need to have their boat quarantined and will be allowed on the lake opening day.

If you have further questions, please contact Tom Griffiths, Arvada Parks Department, at 720-898-7416 or e-mail tom-gr@arvada.org.