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Four Infested Boats Decontaminated At Ruedi

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy
Aspen Public Radio


Four boats carrying an invasive species of mussels were stopped before entering the water at Ruedi Reservoir.


Inspectors at the Ruedi boat ramp spotted quagga mussels on four boats that had previously been at Lake Powell, which has been infested with the destructive animals for several years. 

Quagga mussels are an invasive shellfish that reproduce rapidly and can damage both infrastructure and ecosystems. They have not yet been found in Colorado, though inspectors across the state are stopping more and more contaminated boats from entering lakes and reservoirs. 

The boats at Ruedi were all thoroughly decontaminated with hot water and then allowed to enter the reservoir.

Officials are reminding boaters to thoroughly clean and dry all surfaces after each use.

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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