Oregon Inspecting More Boats for Invasive Species

Posted: July 17, 2014  |  By: Henry Miller [Statesman Journal]

Oregon is on track to do almost 50 percent more boat inspections for aquatic invasive species than crews at the five stations at major highway entry points did during the 2013 recreational season.

"At this pace I would estimate that when the season's over we will be at 10,000 or 11,000 inspections," said Rick Boatner, the invasive species program coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Decontamination teams inspected 7,441 boats and trailers during 2013.

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