ANS ALERT: Monitoring finds Evidence of Quagga Mussel Larvae in Green Mountain Reservoir
State and federal officials have confirmed the presence of invasive quagga mussel larvae, known as veligers, in Green Mountain Reservoir.
Know the Rules for Boating in Colorado and Prevent the Spread of Harmful Aquatic Nuisance Species
Mandatory - Colorado is a mandatory boat inspection state meaning that ALL trailered and/or motorized watercraft are required to be professionally inspected by state certified personnel:
- prior to launching in any water of the state after boating in a different state,
- upon exiting any water in the state which is positive for an invasives species, and
- any time an inspection is requested prior to entering or exiting a water body in Colorado.
2018 is the 10th year of the statewide effort to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species!
Check out the complete list of 72 professional Statewide Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Sites in Colorado.
Boaters should take full advantage of Colorado's green seal and receipt program, which provides documentation of compliance and will reduce wait times to get through inspection station lines and get you on the water faster. All stations use green seals. However, waters that are positive for ANS use blue receipts, while waters that are negative use white receipts. For more details, visit the CPW WID Manual.
Every boater is required in regulation to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat, trailer and equipment every time you enter or exit any waters.
It is also required that boat operators remove all plants and pull all water drain plugs from the conveyance prior to leaving the lake or reservoir. It is not legal to transport a conveyance over land with plants on board and plugs in place.
Please read the Boater’s Guide to Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspections to educate yourself on the requirement to boat in Colorado and how you can protect our waters by helping to stop the spread of invasive species.
How to Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species
Zebra and quagga mussels are a serious threat to Colorado waters. Invasive species such as the zebra mussel negatively influence the food chain for native fish. Zebra mussels remove major quantities of phytoplankton from the water. Phytoplankton is food for larval and juvenile fish. To learn more about the negative effects of aquatic nuisance species, visit Western Aquatic Invasive Species and Protect Your Waters.
To help the Colorado Parks and Wildlife quickly identify new populations of this unwanted species please report any sightings to Elizabeth Brown, Invasive Species Coordinator.
Please contact the Invasive Species Program at 303-291-7295 with any questions about ANS or other invasive species.