Visitors to Wyoming’s State Park lakes and reservoirs this summer can expect some short delays as members of the Game and Fish Department will be inspecting various watercraft for possible contamination by invasive species, specifically quagga and zebra mussels.
The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails is partnering with Game and Fish in an effort to combat the possible spread of the aquatic invasive species to the Cowboy State. these inspections are part of a new initiative to combat Wyoming’s water resources. Additionally, as part of this initiative, boaters will be required to purchase an aquatic invasive species program decal at a cost of $5 to $30 based on size of craft and residency.
Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Director Milward Simpson says that it's absolutely imperative that everything be done to keep these invasive species out of our waters.
Inspection teams will inspect vessels at Glendo State Park and other priority lakes and reservoirs throughout the state. The Wyoming State Legislature has allocated $1.5 million to implement new programs aimed at preventing the introduction of quagga and zebra mussels to Wyoming waters. Quagga and zebra mussels are not known to occur in Wyoming, but are present in 43 states including three of
Wyoming’s neighboring states.