Boaters headed to Ruedi Reservoir will find new gates at the boat ramp, restricting access to only times when officials can screen for two destructive species of mussels. In years past, officials have been running boat inspections five days a week; that’s been increased to seven days a week, from dawn to dusk this summer.
Zebra and Quagga Mussels are highly invasive. Infestations have clogged reservoir infrastructure and caused ecological damage in other parts of the U.S.
The increased screening process aims to prevent the spread of these mussels to Colorado lakes and reservoirs. Lake Powell, a popular spot for local boaters, has tested positive for the species, which increases the risk that they might spread to Ruedi.
The boat ramp will open in mid to late May, which could mean a later start to the boating season for some. There will be a public meeting about new program this Wednesday at 5 p.m at the Basalt Library.