Component 2
Voluntary Boat Inspections and Boaters Surveys

Objective: Prevent the spread of zebra mussels in the 100th meridian jurisdictionsand west through voluntary boat inspections and boater surveys.

Trained personnel will conduct voluntary boat inspections and boater surveys at highway stops located on 11 major highway corridors entering the 100th meridian jurisdictions and at key lakes in the west. These highways include US2, I-94, US12, I-90, I-80, I-70, US54, I-40, I-20, I-10, and I-44. Locations for highway stops will include weigh stations, highway rest areas/welcome centers, restaurant/service/motel complexes on interchanges, and retailers on these major highways. Inspections will also occur at marinas and boat ramps. Inspections will target boats, trailers, and potentially contaminated equipment such as anchors and anchor lines. Boaters will also be asked to participate in a survey that will ask for information such as where their boat has been, where it is going, etc (see appendix). Boaters will receive a brochure explaining the Initiative and what they can do to help prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

Data will be collected from boat inspections, boater surveys, and unobtrusive means such as counting the number of boats that passed by the inspection stations without stopping. Further data collected will include the number, types, and timing of boats being trailered on each highway corridor. Why inspections were refused will also be determined. In addition, State and provincial transportation departments will be asked to develop data to expand the information collected at inspection sites by identifying trailered boats in ongoing State vehicle surveys. So that the information can be stored at a central location, copies of the inspection and survey results will be sent to the USFWS, 315 Houston Street, Suite E, Manhattan, KS 66502, Attn: Linda Drees.

Through analysis of these data, unit costs of various activities will be determined. The cost effectiveness of alternative education and information approaches and whether education efforts alone, in the absence of inspections, are adequate will be assessed. These data will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the 100th Meridian Initiative.

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