SBC Users please read (didymo)
So, if anyone has been to new zealand for boating, you probably know what this is, cause at least there, its kind of a big deal, here it should be as well.
Didymo, or rock snot, or didymosphenia is a diatom that lives in boulder and south boulder creek. Its a huge issue effecting biodiversity. Its native to the northern hemisphere, but popped up in new zealand. Its been messing all kinds of stuff up there, and there are serious fines for not taking preventative measures for transferring it. It forms this grimy/slimy layer of algea over the rocks in the stream bed, uses up all the oxygen (at least at night when its not photosynthesizing) and kills off all the stream life. Essentially its the aquatic version of kudzu.
the scary thing is, is that it can hang out on your boating gear for a couple weeks, and get transferred into other streams and rivers when you go paddles something else, which is most likely how it ended up in new zealand, either through the fishing or boating community.
So, here's what you do to prevent it. Its not as big of a deal with boating gear, as it is with felt-soled fishing waders fortunately.
So, when you take out of south boulder creek, as you're getting bitched at for walking down private property, check all of your gear for any clumps of algea or anything, and take them off, put them next to the stream bed, make sure you have it wiped off. If you happen to bring some home with you, don't wash it down the sink, it could pop up downstream of the sewers and start growing apparently. Soak it in hot water for at least a minute, and you should be good.
And spread the word, no one else is apparently. It'd be good to avoid getting this crap all over colorado, its definitely not good for water quality.
also, I know it might seem a little like a pain in the ass, but it is kind of a big deal. this messes up inverterbate life, fish life, other plant life, and general water quality, and its not like you can clean it out of a river or something.
So, thanks for hearing me out on that one, and, anyone up for wednesday afternoon, if not friday or later if its still going. I would love to get into my boat again.