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30 Day Quarantine Before Launching a Boat in Cachuma Lake
Quagga and Zebra Mussels (Mussels) are non-native aquatic nuisance species originating in Eastern Europe freshwaters. They clog waterways, undermine healthy lake ecosystems, and create costly maintenance for water resource agencies. Mussels are believed to have been introduced into the Great Lakes region in 1988 through ballast water emptied from ships, and they spread throughout the Midwest and the eastern portion of the United States.

To date, staff has no indications that Cachuma Lake has been exposed to Quagga or Zebra Mussels, and early detection monitoring has detected no mussels. In December 2013, mussels were discovered in Lake Piru, 55 miles from Cachuma Lake. Lake Piru is the first lake infected by the Quagga Mussel that is not fed by the Colorado River system. As a result, it is necessary for the County of Santa Barbara Parks Division to strengthen its inspection and quarantine protocols.

In an effort to keep the invasive mussels out of Cachuma Lake, officials at the County of Santa Barbara Community Services Department Parks Division have received authorization to enforce a 30 day vessel quarantine on all trailered vessels entering Cachuma Lake.

Boaters need to have their vessels inspected and tagged, starting the 30 day quarantine period.

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