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Arizona game officers warn of boating crackdown

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department said it will be cracking
down on boaters starting next year in an effort to stop the spread of quagga
mussels and other invasive species.

The agency said law enforcement officers with the department will start issuing
citations to boaters who don’t clean, drain and dry their boats when they leave
quagga-infested waters.

Since October, Game and Fish officers have been educating boaters at Lake
Pleasant and Lake Havasu. They’ve been distributing literature on the danger of
quagga mussels.

The mussels can ruin boat motors and clog water intakes, such as pipes and
screens on power and water-treatment plants.

Citations will be issued starting Jan. 1 to boaters who don’t comply with the
rules. That means mandatory court appearances and possible fines.


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