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Whatcom Boat Inspection stations open April 25 on Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish

posted Apr 10, 2015, 10:13 AM by City of Bellingham
Did you know that many aquatic invasive species start out smaller than a pinhead? For some species of concern in our area, it only takes one invader to start an infestation.

Inspections and aquatic invasive species permits are required for all watercraft launching at Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish again this year, including non-motorized, hand-carried watercraft such as canoes and kayaks. Inspection stations open Saturday, April 25 on both Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish.

To prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS), boat inspectors thoroughly check each boat and its compartments before it is launched on Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish. Talk with inspectors during your inspection to learn how you can clean, drain, and dry your boat after each trip to protect Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish.

For more information, come to the information session at Bloedel Donovan Gymnasium on Wednesday, April 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Staff from the Lake Whatcom Management Program (LWMP) will present on 2014 program results and will be available to answer the public's questions about inspection and permit requirements for 2015.

The Whatcom Boat Inspection Program completed its third season of watercraft inspections in 2014, which required all watercraft to be inspected for AIS and to display a valid AIS permit sticker prior to launching on Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish. Between April 1 and September 30, LWMP staff conducted over 7,800 inspections at Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish. See the Lake Whatcom Aquatic Invasive Species 2014 Annual Report for results from the 2014 boating season.

For more information visit Whatcom Boat Inspections, attend the info session, or call (360) 778-7975.

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Media Contact:
Clare Fogelsong, Acting Assistant Director Natural Resources
Public Works Department
(360) 778-7965
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