DENVER — The new year will bring new fees for Colorado boaters. To help Parks & Wildlife keep invasive and destructive species like quagga and zebra mussels out of our lakes and reservoirs, boaters will be helping to fund the state’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Inspection Program.
As approved by state legislators, anyone who owns a motor of sailboat will pay $25 for a stamp each year on top of registration. Boaters from out of state will pay $50.
The stamp and registration is currently available for residents at CPW offices and online. Boaters from out of state can also buy stamps online or at CPW offices starting on January 1.
According to CPW, mussel infestations can cause major problems in waterways including disrupting the food supply, clogging infrastructure like dams and pipes and causing damage to boats and engines.