IDAHO, Kootenai Shoshone SWCD – One of the most interesting boats Don Capparelli inspected this summer was a blunt nose watercraft with twin 2,000 hp diesel engines used to ram drug runners off the Pacific Coast.
The boat was being hauled west along I-90 near Rose Lake. Because state law requires it, the hauler stopped at the invasive species check station at the foot of Fourth of July Pass, where Capparelli had a look. “It was clean,” he said.
The Silver Valley resident works for the Kootenai Shoshone Soil and Water Conservation District, which operates for the state the check station where 10 quagga or zebra mussel-infested boats were stopped this year.
So far, 44 mussel-infested boats were among the 116,000 boats stopped at Idaho’s 29 check stations, but the news so far has been favorable: the mussels on all the infected boats were dead.