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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Standley Lake Boating Taskforce endorses solutions

The Standley Lake Boating Taskforce (SLBT), formed in April 2019, met for the sixth time on Thursday, June 27, to review recommended solutions for restoring trailered boats to Standley Lake without compromising the quality of the water. Trailered boats were indefinitely banned on Standley Lake in March 2019 due to increasing concerns of zebra and quagga mussel infestation.

The taskforce is chaired by a member of the Parks, Recreation, Libraries and Open Space Citizen Advisory Board and is made up of four additional members that represent the power boating, kayaking, and boat dealer and non-boating communities.

This group endorsed several solutions, which would work in tandem together. These solutions have been submitted to city staff for further exploration and implementation. 

The proposed solutions include:

  • Noke lock system
  • Cable and swage system 
  • Security tags
  • State WID data application
  • Other significant solutions including policy and procedure changes

Utilizing multiple “tools” and methodologies will serve to strengthen the Aquatic Nuisance Species security program significantly.

In addition, the taskforce formed a tagging sub-committee in May 2019. Although no future SLBT meeting date has been scheduled at this time, the tagging sub-committee agreed to continue to meet regularly to assist in solution finding. The tagging sub-committee consists of the Standley Lake Coordinator acting as the chair along with several members of the Friends of Standley Lake group.  This group met four times investigating tagging options, identifying pros and cons, as well as researching new tagging techniques.

The city’s goal is to implement these solutions, if possible, for the 2020 boating season.

The city will continue its protocol of an annual review of the boating program at Standley Lake to assure the water quality is not being compromised.

To track progress, obtain weekly updates, view the timeline and listen to SLBT meeting recordings, please visit the Standley Lake Boating Taskforce website.

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