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The mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is to perpetuate the wildlife resources and outdoor recreational opportunities of the state and provide people the opportunity to enjoy them. Invasive species can devastate wildlife habitat by outcompeting native species for food and shelter, and disrupting wildlife related recreation. Without a coordinated prevention program, early detection and rapid response to new invasions, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation are at serious risk.
CPW has built up an extensive network of approximately 72 boat inspection and decontamination stations that are operated collaboratively by state, local, federal and private entities. These stations are all certified by CPW and conduct over 450,000 inspections annually – each of which is a face-to-face educational contact with a sportsperson or boater. There have been over 150 infested mussel boats intercepted coming into Colorado from out of state. These infested boats pose a serious threat to the way we use water in Colorado. Prevention through boat inspection, decontamination, and education is our best defense!