FROM PAUL BERTA – LHMA, PARKER, AZ MUSSEL EDUCATOR
Visits to California Agriculture Boarder Inspection Stations – June 2017
LHMA was very cordially received during visits at the Yuma Station, visited on June 29, and Vidal, visited on July 4, 2017.  Aside from the normal monthly visit, I was looking specifically for any bulletin directives or correspondence from Sacramento office relating to checking anchors and lines as well as any new trends showing up in the lines as well as boat traffic volumes.
At Yuma, actually Winterhaven, Supervisor Mary indicated they had not received any communication directed towards anchors specifically, however, it was briefly discussed in their last monthly PhoneCast meeting.   She has noticed that in the past few months boating travelers have become more aware of having the anchors out and ready for inspection.  She could not share information or statistics on contaminated vessels or rigging.  LHMA was “Thanked for what we do to make their jobs easier.”
Blythe Station Supervisor, Gilbert commented on the increasing number of knowledgeable boating traffic having everything in order prior to arrival at the Inspection Station. He was also impressed with the willingness of boaters to support the Quagga Mussel Outreach Programs.  The Blythe Station was “not in a position to share any Quagga related statistical information” with us.  Gilbert also thanked LHMA for all we do.




Check-out Paul Nave, shown above, one of our most dedicated “Sticker A Mussel” launch ramp educators.  Paul has started using his mobility scooter to more efficiently (and faster) approach boaters with the AIS prevention message.

When asked about anchors being visible and out in the open, Vidal Station Supervisor, Patricia, stated that most boaters are in compliance with Clean-Drain-Dry and having anchors readily available. However, lately a few boaters are telling her they “don’t have an anchor.”  Needless to say, it didn’t take long for those unwilling to comply to find an easy out.  Patricia stated that Josh was on special assignment in Sacramento for a while, but couldn’t say what the assignment was.  As with Yuma and Blythe, Vidal was unwilling to share statistical information regarding specific intercepts.
(Kudos to Paul for aggressively pursuing the Parker Strip area of the Colorado River. His efforts have produced excellent results in a very short period of time. June resulted in the largest single month of “Sticker A Mussel” contacts from Parker since the program was initiated).

Our next quarterly meeting will be at Shugrues
on Wed Sept 13, 6:00pm
Guest Speakers:
Terrence Concannon, new President/CEO, CVB
Richard Meyers, new Manager, US Fish & Wildlife - Refuge
Don't miss it!

1,226 BOATERS EDUCATED THANKS TO “STICKER A MUSSEL”…..A NEW MONTHLY RECORD FOR JUNE!

After 52 months on the job, we sometimes wonder what we can do to top ourselves, but thanks to our team of dedicated LHMA volunteers plus active support from local marine businesses, waterfront resorts, restaurants, and governmental agencies, our one-on-one boater outreach established a new high water mark for the month of June.  
Sticker a Mussel
SCORECARD
Lake Havasu Report
Total for June
YTD
Running Total - 50 months
# Trailers Stickered

1226

3438

27082
From California
711

1642

13688
From other States

70

292

2322
From Canada

1

7
137
From Nevada
21
49
329
LAKE HAVASU (only)
June 2017
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
828
2373
23555
From California
459
1085
11726
From Other States (not AZ, CA, NV)
49
256
2138
From Canada
1
7
79
From Nevada
21
49
248
Parker Strip (only)
June 2017
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
343
511
1458
From California
219
317
902
From other States
21
30
68
From Canada
0
0
1
BLM PARKER, AZ (only)
June 2017
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
0
0
340
From California
0
0
214
From Other States
0
0
17
From Canada
0
0
0
YUMA, AZ
June 2017
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
55
541
1454
From California
32
254
674
From Other States
0
11
90
From Canada
0
0
0
Need a sticker? List of "stickerers" on our web site www.lhmarineassn.com

Trending 1:

As expected, the boating season is now in full swing along the entire lower Colorado River.  Launch ramps are at near capacity on every weekend, including Lake Havasu State Park Windsor Beach which is routinely seeing in excess of more than 2,000 boats on a Saturday and Sunday. Attempting to spread our outreach message this summer has prompted us to devise some new strategies. Rich Miers, another one of our stalwart mussel volunteers is using the weekend boater wait-line to enter the State Park to his advantage.

Nothing like a captive audience to spread the word. And finally, launch ramps aren’t the only place where boaters congregate.  Campbell Cove One-Stop is the busiest mini-mart/deli and gas station for boaters on their way to and from the launch ramp.  Owner/operator, Jim Dolan, a LHMA Board member, is a great supporter of “Sticker A Mussel”  and our mussel volunteer crew are finding plenty of opportunities to communicate AIS information at the gas pumps.

 

 

Trending 2:

More on our anchor project. Sample anchors with the educational metal plaques attached have been shipped to and received by our adhesive/glue vendor, SEM Products in Rock Hill, South Carolina, to be thoroughly tested for durability.

Since the Slide Anchor is made from steel and is galvanized before shipping, rivets or screws will not work (they break the bond). We have chosen the SEM product since it is used by GM and Ford to glue aluminum body panels onto automobile steel frames. The glue has successfully been tested in underwater tests of 55 days in salt and fresh water by SEM. We have also glued several plaques to metal shore "stakes" used to anchor boats to beaches by pounding them in to hard sand and rocks.

We are now over 100 such tests without even a scratch to the embossed letters on the plaque. We are awaiting final costs from SEM based on the estimated amount of glue necessary per plaque. Final test numbers and estimates are due within this month.

Our goal is to begin supplying the anchor manufacturer in China with plaques for attachment early this fall and have 8,000 anchors with the AIS message in retail marine outlets before the 2018 boat season begins.

Trending 3:

The new “Clean and Dry” your anchors billboards (4’ x 6’) have been an overwhelming success.  More than 20 have been distributed to waterfront resorts and restaurants, campgrounds, launch ramps and convenience stores frequented by boaters. Several locations receiving one billboard have now requested multiple boards for multiple sites.  The anchor message is getting out!



The Sand – Water – RV Expo in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, a mecca for outdoor motorsports enthusiasts of offroading, RVing, boating camping, fishing and hunting. 

The Sand – Water – RV Expo captures the spirit and passion of these complementary markets, providing motivated consumers the opportunity to browse, compare and shop for the latest and greatest in offroad vehicles, trucks, sand rails, ATVs, UTVs, 4 x 4s, buggies, motorcycles, electric vehicles, RVs, toy haulers, travel trailers, boats, kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles, camping gear, fishing tackle, and all related accessory products and services.

LOCATION/DIRECTIONS: 

Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4,  located on London Bridge Road.  Directions: located between the Hampton Inn and Motel 6.  If you’re traveling on Highway 95 through Lake Havasu City, turn west (toward the lake) on to London Bridge Road (less than a quarter mile north of the London Bridge, In N Out Burger is on the corner) and proceed for approximately one-half mile to the Sand – Water – RV Expo.

SHOW HOURS:  (rain or shine)
Saturday — 9am – 5pm | Sunday — 9am – 3pm

CONCESSIONS:  Food, beverages and beer garden on-site.  No off-site alcoholic beverages or glass containers allowed.  Dogs on leash are okay

ADMISSION:  $5.00 for adults, kids 6 & under free.


Photos from the 2016 Sand and Water Expo
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