Bulletin Staff Report

Inspection stations are open across Oregon for boaters to check for aquatic invasive species attached to their boats.

Inspecting boats entering Oregon is the first line of defense in keeping aquatic invasive species such as zebra or quagga mussels, snails and aquatic plants out of the state, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Stations are open year-round in Ashland and Ontario. Seasonal stations open Wednesday in Brookings, Klamath Falls, Lakeview and Umatilla.

All vehicles towing or carrying motorized or nonmotorized boats, including canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and sailboats, must stop at an inspection site. The inspection usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes. Watercraft found with aquatic invasive species are treated on the spot for free. Anyone hauling a boat who does not stop at an open station could receive a $110 fine, according to the state fish and wildlife department. In 2018, technicians inspected 28,190 watercraft coming into Oregon and found 365 with aquatic invasive species. Contaminated boats came from Arizona, California, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Texas.