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Jun 10, 2010 1:57 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Mandatory boat inspections in Colorado this summer

If you have a boat, jet ski or other watercraft, give yourself extra time when going to Lake Pueblo and some 200 locations statewide. The Colorado Division of Wildlife is operating mandatory inspections for invasive mussels.

"The Colorado watercraft inspection program, now in its third year, is part of a cooperative, multi-agency effort to stop the spread of zebra and quagga mussels and other aquatic nuisance species in Colorado waters," said Elizabeth Brown, DOW invasive species coordinator. "Boaters have been extremely cooperative since the program's inception, and we are asking for their continued compliance with regulations and inspections as we begin this year's boating season."

Mandatory inspections are limited to trailered watercraft. Hand-launched crafts, including kayaks, rafts, canoes, sailboards and belly boats, pose a low risk for spreading ANS and may launch without an inspection.

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