2018 #COleg: HB18-1008 Mussel-free Colorado Act status update

From KKCO:

A bill in the state capitol is aiming to cut down the chances there are for our bodies of water to be infested with an invasive species.

This bill is called the mussel-free Colorado act. It would fund Colorado parks and wildlife aquatic nuisance species program more consistently.

If passed into a law, a person living in the state would have to pay 25 dollars for a stamp. The stamp proves the boat has been inspected and it’s clean. A non-resident would have to pay 50 dollars.

That money would go to the department’s inspection program.

“We all have a stake in this to keep these species out of Colorado; whether that’s through a stamp or cleaning and draining and drying your boat or going through an inspection process,” said Mike Porras, a spokesperson with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The bill would also increase fines if you do infest any water. It’s currently 150 dollars but that would change to 500 dollars.

The bill will be heard next in the senate appropriations committee.

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