Boat Inspections Start April 13
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) advises that watercraft inspections for aquatic invasive species start tomorrow, April 13.
Check stations will be set up at the Northeast Wyoming Welcome Center at exit 199 on Interstate 90, just west of Beulah. They will also take place at various times this season at Keyhole Reservoir and Lake DeSmet.
In Sheridan, a check station will operate at the Rest Area and Visitor Center off 5th Street.
Inspections, generally, only take a few minutes to complete while watercraft are searched for evidence of invasive species, such as the Asian Clam recently discovered in Keyhole.
Inspectors will also be looking for zebra and quagga mussels, as well as invasive vegetation like curly pondweed.
Curly pondweed is a species native Eurasia, Australia, and Africa, but it has spread to over three quarters of the United States, included Wyoming, according to the WGFD.
All boats entering the state between March 1 and Nov. 30 are required by law to be cleared by inspection prior to launch. Motorized or non-motorized water are required to stop at any and all check stations encountered while traveling.
The WGFD will offer several training events between April and May, for those wishing to do their own inspections.
Sheridan Region training will take place Friday, May 3, at the regional office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The training is free but there are only 20 seats available.
In Gillette, training will be offered Saturday, May 4, at the Campbell County Public Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Training will include information on basic biology, impacts, transport vectors, and distribution of various aquatic invasive species, according to the WGFD.
“Upon certification, you are authorized to inspect your own watercraft, but still must stop at any open check station,” Reed Moore, Sheridan Region AIS specialist, said in a statement.
The seals acquired upon certification, however, mean that an AIS technician does not have to do an inspection on your boat before you can depart, provided the seals are applied to your boat, Moore continued.
“This can save time if you travel frequently with your boat,” he concluded.
Additionally, certified inspectors can conduct inspections of other people’s watercraft, including those of family and friends.
To register for training in Sheridan or Gillette, contact Reed Moore at (307) 672-7418 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.