We’ve just released our annual report highlighting results from our sixth season of watercraft inspections to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species to Whatcom County waters.
In 2017, we conducted a total of 12,150 watercraft inspections at Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish. The inspected watercraft came from a total of 285 different water bodies in 26 different states or provinces prior to launching at Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish in 2017, including fourteen mussel infested waters. As watercraft continue to arrive from high-risk waters, the Whatcom Boat Inspection Program remains an important defense in the protection of our local waters.
The 2017 inspection results can be viewed using an interactive online Story Map that shows the last water body visited by boats entering Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish. We decontaminated five boats that had recently been in mussel-infested waters and found 150 boats with vegetation and another 175 boats with standing water on board that required some additional attention. Our inspectors used these situations as an opportunity to educate boaters about the importance of cleaning, draining, and drying their boats between every use.