Lake County-Watercraft Inspection Station Helps Abolish Devastating Mussels and More

Zebra and Quagga mussels attached to a boat propeller. Idaho Department of Agriculture.

Supervisor Lacey Burke-Parker and her husband Mitchell Parker staff Ravalli’s Aquatic Invasive Species check station last Thursday. Starting in 2018 with co-supervisor Rob Howard, the trio is just beginning their fifth season of AIS inspections. (Emily Lonnevik / Lake County Leader)

May be an image of 2 people, people standing, outdoors and text that says 'Lacey WATERS Your Help is Needed'

In 2021 crews conducted 123,000 inspections and intercepted 61 mussel-fouled boats, which was a record number for the state. FWP warden staff, who provided support at inspection stations to prevent drive-bys, issued 137 citations and 182 written warnings. Watercraft inspection stations are Montana’s first line of defense to prevent the movement of aquatic invasive species (AIS), which can have devastating impacts on Montana waterways.

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