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Quagga mussel inspections begin at Daniels Canyon

In this photo released by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on April 17, 2008, quagga mussels cover a boat's hull.
In this photo released by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on April 17, 2008, quagga mussels cover a boat's hull.
Natalie Muth, AP

HEBER CITY — In an ongoing effort to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species, including quagga mussels, the Utah Department of Natural Resources and the Utah Department of Transportation have opened a watercraft inspection station at the Daniels Canyon port of entry.

Vehicles with watercraft, including boats, personal watercraft such as jet skis and WaveRunners, canoes, kayaks, float tubes and similar watercraft will be required to stop at the port of entry for inspection during hours when the station is open.

The port is along U.S. 40, just southeast of Heber City near mile marker 22.

Vehicles with watercraft traveling the opposite way down the canyon — northwest toward Heber City — will not be required to stop. When the inspection station is operating, all watercraft will be inspected.

Watercraft that have not been properly decontaminated must be decontaminated before leaving the port of entry.

To avoid the wait, watercraft owners can make an appointment at most major Utah State Parks to get your watercraft professionally decontaminated.

For a list of locations with hot water decontamination services, and for other information about aquatic invasive species and why it is critical to keep them out of Utah waters, visit www.stdofthesea.com.