Going Boating? Clean, Drain and Dry Your Boat to Protect Area Waters

For many folks in Idaho and eastern Oregon, summertime is boating season. Whether that means taking the boat out for water skiing, fishing or just a relaxing day on the lake, it’s important to reduce the risk of transporting invasive species into our region’s waters.

Non-native quagga and zebra mussels pose a threat to the Snake River. These tiny, hard-shelled aquatic creatures can reproduce rapidly, damaging equipment, such as irrigation pumps, boat docks and hydroelectric dam facilities. They cause millions of dollars in damage each year in the U.S. Fortunately none have been detected in the Snake River. Idaho Power is working with state agencies to keep it that way.

This short video shows how these mandatory boat inspections are a quick and simple way to prevent the spread of these invaders. Learn more at invasivespecies.idaho.gov.

Brad Bowlin
Communications Specialist