Invasive quagga and zebra mussels are a major threat to our quality of life in Utah. They are small, clam-like creatures that reproduce rapidly and deplete nutrients in the water. They jeopardize power and water infrastructures, damage ecosystems and destroy recreation.
THESE MUSSELS ARE PRESENT IN MANY OF UTAH'S WATERS.
Decontamination of your boat is the only way to stop the spread of invasive mussels. It does not harm your boat. It can actually prevent damage on your boat by removing mussels that would clog pumps and hoses. There are two ways to decontaminate your boat after pulling it out of the water:
1. Clean mud, plants, animals or other debris from your boat and equipment.
2. Drain the ballast tanks, bilge, live wells and motor.
3. Dry (7 days summer, 18 days spring/fall and 30 days in the winter) or freeze (3 days).
Professional decontamination is an alternative method (generally a free service) available at many Utah waters. Certified personnel will wash your trailer and boat inside and out—flushing your ballast tanks, bilge, live wells and motor with high-pressure, scalding (140° F) water. This method is effective and does not harm your boat.
When you visit a Utah lake or reservoir, be prepared to complete a decontamination certification form. The form requests information about your recent boating trips and decontamination efforts.
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