When rocks suddenly appear due to changes in water levels, who is responsible for installing safety buoys? If its on the California side of the LAKE - NO ONE!

To the rescue - the Lake Havasu Marine Association! Check out our buoy crew as they hoist a new"rock buoy" into place. Thanks to Steve at State Parks for his help we were able to have the buoy in place within 10 days from a call from Ed Martel. Ed likely totaled his wake board boat while towing his Grandson. With some wave action, the tops of those rocks are not very visible.

We thank Ed for notifying us as soon as possible, and he wants everyone to be looking out for "Ed's Rock"

Note: A new buoy, chain, turnbuckle and 150 pound anchor retails for close to $500. Proceeds from our boat shows and membership dues are our only source of revenue. We have over 40 buoys on the Lake and River to fund.

Go to our web site www.lakehavasumarineassociation.com for instructions on how to contribute $25 to our buoy fund!

This was "the old rock pile"  in California Bay, South of the Lighthouse.

Sticker a Mussel
SCORECARD
Lake Havasu Report
Total for June
YTD
Running Total - 63 months
# Trailers Stickered

817

3308

35,314
From California
502

1543

18240
From other States

32

242

2754
From Canada

0

14
155
From Nevada
0
16
389
LAKE HAVASU (only)
June 2018
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
472
2030
28635
From California
293
833
14140
From Other States (not AZ, CA, NV)
19
183
2463
From Canada
0
4
85
From Nevada
0
16
302
Parker Strip Report
June 2018
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
200
620
3642
From California
139
384
2452
From other States
7
21
135
From Canada
0
1
4
BLM PARKER, AZ (only)
June 2018
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
0
96
479
From California
0
47
276
From Other States
0
8
41
From Canada
0
0
0
YUMA, AZ
June 2018
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
145
472
2202
From California
70
242
1092
From Other States
6
13
105
From Canada
0
1
1

Trending 1:

Because this is our final “Sticker A Mussel” report, we thought this would be an appropriate time to crunch some real numbers and leave you with a few final thoughts and observations.
~ On an annual basis, over half (52%) of the boats launching on the lower Colorado River are registered in California. Drilling down, during summer (May through September) the percentage of California registered boats jumps to 65%.
~ Making our job more difficult to implement “Sticker A Mussel” was the fact that we were not privy to “Border AIS Inspection” data (number of contaminated boats intercepted, or the number of boat quarantines resulting from observed contamination) except in rare instances. It should also be noted that we consistently made personal monthly visits to Border Inspection Stations for more than five-years.
~ Moving forward, a resolution concerning lower Colorado River decon policies along Arizona and California waterfront borders is badly needed. Important BLM concessions (numerous large RV campgrounds/resorts on the California side frequented by boaters) accommodating hundreds of boaters appear to be left out of the decon equation at this time. Arizona Game and Fish is offering free decons to boaters from the Arizona side of the river. However, two hundred feet across the river on the California side this offer does not apply. Who will be doing decon on that side of the river? BLM seems interested in helping through their concessionaires and implementing our DECON-1 program but without funding to cover the cost of free decons, their hands are tied.

FROM PAUL BERTA – LHMA, PARKER, AZ MUSSEL EDUCATOR
Visits to California Agriculture Border Inspection Stations – June 1-30, 2018
Our visits were reminiscent of last summer’s boating season, with a uniform request to boaters traveling thru Vidal Junction, Winterhaven, Blythe, Needles and Yermo;  please review the recommended protocol regarding AIS inspection of boats in order to blissfully make passage thru the California Department of Food and Agriculture stations.
-- Vessels need to make inspections readily visible and accessible, void of any boat cover or tarp.  Before leaving the Lower Colorado, boaters must: “Clean, Drain & Dry” – Remove all mud, plants and mussels from your boat and water toys. This includes hull, anchor and chain/lines, stern attachments, engine, propeller and trailer. Allow your boat and equipment to dry to the maximum before transporting (this doesn’t take long in 100+ degree summer heat). Remove bilge plugs and allow to drain – Completely drain all water from bilge, live wells, ballast tanks and other compartments prior to transport.  If applicable, drain water from engine stern drive lower unit.  Standing may have millions of microscopic “veliger’s” ready to hatch and spread into uninfected waterways if left on-board.
-- Per AZG&F Directive #3:  If watercraft was on known contaminated waters for six or more consecutive days, you must complete the above steps, then additionally: decontaminate and desiccate – Watercraft owners/transporters are responsible for having their boats and equipment decontaminated after removal from waterbody and prior to transport.
-- Thank you to the countless hundreds of boaters who continue to “Do the Right Thing to Protect our Freedom to Boat!”

Mussel Report

ANNOUNCING….”STICKER A MUSSEL” CAMPAIGN ENDS WITH THIS MUSSEL REPORT

Regretfully, the Lake Havasu Marine Association’s successful “Sticker A Mussel” campaign has come to a conclusion after 64 months and 35,314 face-to-face educational contacts with boaters on the lower Colorado River. This will be our final “Sticker A Mussel” published monthly report.

We were notified on June 27 by Barak Shemai at USFWS Region 2 Fish and Aquatic Conservation Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator that our grant proposal for continued “Sticker A Mussel” scored just below the funding threshold during the preliminary review of proposals for 2018-2019 grants and was rejected.

For those who don’t know, the Lake Havasu Marine Association is a strictly volunteer organization made up of local members who contribute their time and expertise to improve and promote recreational boating on the lower Colorado River. We have been actively involved for 10 years with a variety of boating issues ranging from shoreline/trash clean-up and boating safety, a Designated Operator campaign to promote sober boating, and lake buoy maintenance among many others. Because we are a non-profit volunteer organization we have no direct way of funding these services except from our nominal membership dues.

As you may appreciate, there are considerable expenses associated with executing a robust “Sticker A Mussel” effort. Working launch ramps, boat shops, marine dealers, boat builders and waterfront resorts and campgrounds over a 100-mile stretch of Colorado River was not an easy or inexpensive task. Unfortunately, we have no other available sources for funding the continuation of this campaign.
 
We understand there has been a dramatic shift in the direction and philosophy of AIS containment over the past year. Apparently, boater education has taken on a lower strategic priority supplanted by a policy of more stringent inspections and mandatory decontaminations. Only time will tell if that’s a wise decision. We are concerned as to how and who will pick-up this slack on the lower Colorado River in our absence, leaving one of the nation’s busiest and most contaminated recreational boating areas relatively without oversight.

About six months ago, recognizing that change, the Lake Havasu Marine Association invested considerable time and effort in coming up with a totally new strategy, DECON-1, to enhance the desire to increase the number of voluntary decons posed by potentially high-risk boaters.

Several months ago, LHMA and AZGF entered into a verbal agreement to include DECON-1 as part of the AZGF proposal for grant consideration. The LHMA provided the Invasive Species Coordinator for AZGF a complete DECON-1 proposal, including operational procedures and budget numbers, that were inexplicably not included in the final AZGF grant proposal draft. The LHMA remains hopeful that DECON-1 will receive the consideration and adequate funding that it requires to initiate this valuable program. Hopefully, we will be successful to this end, keeping us involved and supporting the AIS effort in to the future.

I do want to thank Dee Davis, WIT trainer for Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, who was the initial spark that got us motivated and involved in this important effort, and David Britton of U.S. Fish & Wildlife who saw the desperate need for boater education to help prevent the spread of AIS. “Sticker A Mussel” has been a very fulfilling and satisfying endeavor.

Also, thank you to all who have diligently read this monthly Report for the past 64 months. Your comments and input have been greatly appreciated and valued.
Looking forward to the next chapter and new challenges.
Jim Salscheider, President & CEO
Lake Havasu Marine Association

August 30th

5:30pm at Shugrues
Guest Speaker -
new city manager
Jess Knudson

And an update on
Havasu Riviera

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1642 McCulloch Blvd #173 • Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
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