BOATER FINES AT LAKE POWELL

Discussion in 'ARIZONA LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by tofish, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. tofish

    tofish New Member

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    Boater fined for failing to get mussel inspection at Powell

    Page, AZ – In the first trial involving Glen Canyon National Recreation Area’s mussel prevention regulations, a federal judge has ordered a Nevada man to pay a $2500 fine for failing to have his boat inspected for mussels before launching on Lake Powell.

    On Monday, October 19, Federal Magistrate Judge Robert T. Braithwaite found Nevada resident Jonny Ward guilty of violating regulations requiring mandatory inspections for “at risk” boats entering Lake Powell. Ward visited Glen Canyon on August 17, 2009, and was informed by park staff that he was required to have his boat inspected for zebra and quagga mussels before launching on Lake Powell. Ward instead proceeded to Lone Rock Beach, where he launched in violation of Glen Canyon regulations.

    National Park Service rangers contacted Ward on Lone Rock Beach and issued him a mandatory citation to appear in court for violating mussel prevention regulations. Ward elected to go to trial, and was found guilty of violating Glen Canyon’s quagga mussel regulations by Judge Braithwaite. National Park Service staff testified in court in support of the prosecution.

    “We appreciate Judge Braithwaite’s support for our mussel prevention efforts at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area” Superintendent Stan Austin said. “Our success in keeping Lake Powell mussel-free will only continue with the cooperation and support of all of our partners and visitors.”

    Zebra and quagga mussels are aquatic invasive species that can lead to severe economic and environmental consequences for lakes and other waterways. A number of water bodies in the region are known to be infested with quagga mussels. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has had an active mussel prevention program in place since 2000 for Lake Powell. All evidence to date indicates Lake Powell is zebra and quagga mussel free.
     
  2. pr1mo5

    pr1mo5 New Member

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    Always empty ur bildge and make sure to clean your boat very good and get it inspected when you can for mussels it helps out everything the lake,people who fish and swim in the lakes, and the fish! Its our job to make sure they dont get into all the other lakes!
     

  3. Overkil

    Overkil New Member

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    first it's pap smears for the blue gill, now this...:eek:oooh:

    gone are the days where we could have unprotected fishing....:smile2:

    ok, I'm just kidding...transferring mussels is a bad thing, make sure get your boat inspected!
     
  4. brianthelion02

    brianthelion02 New Member

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    If im not mistaken,they want a 5 day rest between launching the boats on the different lakes! They are really watchin the colorado river lakes now. Pleasant is involved with the colorado through the C.A.P. canal,so it wont be long they will really be enforcing it around here if you go to pleasant a lot!
     
  5. Brett Connery

    Brett Connery New Member

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    its only a matter of time before some trust fund kids get they boat into the lakes full of mussels.
     
  6. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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    Well, once they get started they are hard to get rid of, glad the judge is taking it seriously. This oughta make others take the time to get inspected.
     
  7. gotabig1

    gotabig1 New Member

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    pleasent is infested with those mussels
     
  8. Iowa_Josh

    Iowa_Josh New Member

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    I just read somewhere else, the lake boat ramps are now only open certain hours, 9-5 or somesuch.
     
  9. BubbaCat

    BubbaCat New Member

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    on the first day of enforcement we arrived daylight at stateline no inspectors. waited by the sign that said inspecters would be there :embarassed: wasting 1 hr threat of 5k fine kept us off water finally went to wahwep found decontamanation station attendant took care of us and away we went no big deal. :sad2::big_smile:eek:nly thing was there was no instruction to go to wahwep. no state or fed we talked to knew or cared about it. screwed up our whole trip. :angry::angry::angry:
     
  10. Brett Connery

    Brett Connery New Member

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    nopw thing of them people runnin your heathcare sistem!:wink: