RENO, Nev. (AP) - Four boat inspection and decontamination stations designed to combat the spread of aquatic invasive species have opened in northern Nevada.
The Nevada Division of State Parks and the Nevada Department of Wildlife say two stations have opened at Lahontan Reservoir on the Lyon-Churchhill county line and one station has opened at both Wildhorse Reservoir in Elko County and Rye Patch Reservoir in Pershing County.
The agencies urge boaters to use the stations to help protect Nevada's waterways from invasive species such as quagga mussels and Eurasian Watermilfoil.
They say invasive species can be costly to eradicate once introduced, and they also can adversely affect native species and create economic hardships.
Funding for the stations is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nevada's Aquatic Invasive Species watercraft decal.