Thanks Kengore for looking into this situation and talking to people.
I must say that I have yet to have a bad experience with any of the agency people or decon procedures at the borders or lake put in's I have been to. (Wyoming has check points at the borders) They have been very helpful, friendly, and I have never had the feeling they were out to get me. (We visit a lot of lakes with our power boat
). The decon procedure goes fast too. It takes between 5 and 10 minutes to hook up to the engine and flood the compartments with hot water. They either dunk your ropes and anchor in hot water or run hot water over them. From a power boat perspective and lake user, the system is very painless and seamless to follow without much inconvenience.
That said.....I don't think this new law........ will be will be as easy to implement or enforce as they think........ when it comes to the White Water Community.
If you look at the MOU, they are going to be setting these stations up at the borders and have the facilities to decon there. That's where you will get your certificate stating you are clean and ready to go. Colorado has it's check points at the lake put in's, so no worries there. In other words, I don't see CDOT stopping to check people coming into the state. It's not real clear to me in the MOU, that they are going to be stopping people leaving the state with boats. Wyoming checks you both ways so they might too.
Here is the last line of the MOU
( Inspection stations shall be operated in a manner that minimizes the length of time of an inspection while ensuring that conveyances are free from the presence of Dreissena mussels.
So there I sit with 10 inflatables on a trailer, rolled and packaged for transport. I stop so they can inspect me as I head into their state. The inspectors are very friendly and full of information as usual. I tell them the boats have not been in the water in the past 30 days. I came over the passes in a snow storm. I stopped in Rifle to wash the Cal mag off. Every things wet when I show up at the border. Do they believe me that the boat have not been in water or decon me? Certify the boats and send me to the put in with all the paperwork I need to launch? If there is a chance of decon....I need to re plan my trip and give myself the time to have them do it. As you can tell, I'm more worried about getting on the river than getting home from it.
As far as going home and leaving state..... If they are willing to help me wash my boats at their decon station.....I can plan around that.
After a big trip and a week with a group of High School students, I'm not afraid to roll my boats up dirty and clean them at home. If there is a place to clean them along the way, and help to do it...heck yea...they don't know what they are going to get themselves into. The question is.....How will they minimize my time at the inspection station. Hopefully I can sign something that I will do it at home and that will be that.
Getting on the river is always the hard part with lots of hoops. These inspection stations will not be open 24-7. For me....getting home will be much easier.