Invasive mussels: North Sterling, Jumbo and Prewitt reservoirs

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From the Sterling Journal Advocate (Judy Debus):

The North Sterling does not have any sign of the species at this time according Dara Garretson, Park Manager II at North Sterling State Park. And in order to keep it that way, there will be inspection stations set up at the Elks and the South Boat Ramp at the reservoir. There will be two types of inspections, a basic inspection and a high-risk inspection. The basic will be done on those boats that are smaller and dry. A high-risk inspection will be conducted on boats that are from out of state; have been in infected waters; have standing water; or are the bigger boats with crevices, ballasts, hidden areas or other areas that might be susceptible to carrying the aquatic nuisances to the area. If a boat is found to have any reason to suspect contamination, the boat will be sent through a decontamination process before being allowed to use the reservoir.

Quagga mussels were found in the Jumbo Reservoir last November. The Department of Wildlife will conduct boat inspections there and at the Prewitt Reservoir. A new discovery of the species was also found in Pueblo Reservoir last week.

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