By Micah Drew

Seeley Unable to Match "Gold Standard" in AIS Inspection


Micah Drew, Pathfinder

Inspectors check a watercraft at the Clearwater Junction Check Station.

SEELEY LAKE – A silver Toyota Tacoma towing a blue and white striped motor boat pulled up to the check station at Clearwater Junction.

Two inspectors circled the watercraft, checking for the presence of zebra mussel of other aquatic invasive species (AIS) that could infest local waters.

After a thorough visual check, inspector Denise Richardson asked the boat owner a few questions.

Where did you last launch this boat? Where do you plan to launch next? And most importantly, have you taken this craft on any waterways known to be infested?

A series of answers, the latter being negative,...

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