Originally Posted by Tom Martin
and when there is a State inspection at the state line for recreational boats, this means you
Has this been verified with AZ and UT state agencies, i.e. having us stop at state line checkpoints? Not sure if they are equipped to deal with rafters who trailer deflated and piled gear. May want to verify that before the start of next season when the inspection stations are manned again. I can imagine it being a bad scene if we are expected to inflate our gear again with a dozen motorboats behind me. I don't think they have trained for inspecting inflatables at this point.
I did just found this passed in October for all watercraft entering Utah.
Rule R657-60. Aquatic Invasive Species Interdiction.
UT Admin Code R657-60. Aquatic Invasive Species Interdiction. October 1, 2014
According to this code any boat coming from waterways in Arizona (enough waterways affected that entire state is considered geographically affected).
The other waterways that are considered part of this mandate are :
(b) Lake Powell and that portion of the:
(i) Colorado River between Lake Powell and Spanish Bottoms in Canyonlands National Park;
(ii) Escalante River between Lake Powell and the Coyote Creek confluence;
(iii) Dirty Devil River between Lake Powell and the Highway 95 bridge; and
(iv) San Juan River between Lake Powell and Clay Hills Crossing;
So at this point any raft leaving Cataract is legally required to decontaminate. Any craft used to float Escalante River to the Crack in the Wall takeout is expected to be decontaminated.
Any boat (vessel defined in code as any equipment used to transport across water) coming from Colorado, California, and Nevada and being used in Utah must also go through the process outlined in the code. Fairly sweeping expectations.
Lake Powell also got $750k annually to deal with invasive mussels....though they have transitioned to stopping the spread elsewhere. I am guessing it won't be too long before we start paying an extra invasive species fee for the Grand similar to the one in Idaho. They are gonna have to allocate some serious $$ annually and it will logically be sourced from the groups using the riverway.
Will be interesting to see if the Colorado from Lees down is eventually listed specifically.