June 19, 2009
All boaters need to be wary of bringing home quagga mussels from recreational lakes, rivers The POA and Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District are hosting a Quagga Inspection Training clinic on Saturday, June 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Canyon Lake Lodge. Presented by the Department of Fish and Game, the clinic well help boat owners know how to recognize the danger of picking up quagga mussels in other bodies of water and bringing them to Canyon Lake. To sign up for the free clinic, call the POA Operations Department at 244-6841, ext. 510, before June 27.
The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District strongly recommends that boaters be extremely careful, particularly after visiting regional recreational waterways such as Lake Havasu, Lake Mead and the Colorado River, to avoid introducing the quagga mussel into Canyon Lake. The California Department of Fish and Game recommends boaters take the following steps when leaving a body of water to ensure the mussels dont unknowingly hitch a ride on the boat or trailer:
Inspect all exposed area small mussels feel like sandpaper to the touch and typically have striped shells.
Wash the hull of each watercraft thoroughly.
Remove all plants and animal material.
Drain all water and dry all areas.
Drain and dry the lower outboard unit.
Clean and dry all live-wells.
Empty and dry any buckets.
Dispose of all bait in the trash.
Wait five days (EVMWD recommends seven) and keep watercraft dry between launches into different fresh waters.
Important: Water from items washed in Canyon Lakes private driveways flows to the storm drains and into the Lake, so it is important to wash boats elsewhere before bringing them into the community.