Urges Boater Patience With Utah Checkpoints

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After the DWR reported that they will conduct checkpoints near waterways in the spring, asks boaters and anglers to be patient when at the checkpoints.

Earlier in the week, the Division of Wildlife Resources announced that they would be instituting vehicle checkpoints near popular boating and fishing recreational areas. The staff at urges boaters caught in the checkpoints to exhibit patience, as the checkpoints serve an important function.

No one enjoys waiting in line, especially during all-too-infrequent vacation days and time off work. When the Division of Wildlife Resources announced a series of checkpoints, scheduled to begin in the spring, it’s likely that boaters across the state of Utah began planning to avoid them. asks that they continue to carry the family boat to the nearest aquatic recreation area as normal. There is a good reason for the checkpoints, they say.

According to the DWR, the checkpoints, which will target vehicles towing watercraft as well as vehicles carrying anglers, are an attempt to curb the spread of invasive aquatic species. Two in particular, quagga and zebra mussels, can form dense, thick colonies which can play havoc with both water and power facilities throughout the state.

The staff at UBT knows how destructive and aggressive these species can be, so they are asking all boaters and anglers coming from, or going to, lakes or rivers in Utah to suffer through the checkpoints. These mussels can ruin all kinds of things, not only crucial public works facilities. They also consume plankton, which a majority of sport fish needs to live. It’s important that the boating and fishing communities work with the DWR to preserve Utah’s waters.

The planned DWR checkpoints could prove a real inconvenience to Utah’s boating community, but believe it’s worth it to preserve the state’s waterways. Hopefully, the boaters and anglers can compromise with the DWR to prevent the spread of the invasive species.

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