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Old 09-24-2016, 10:04 AM   #11
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When stand-up paddle boards and even surfboards are subject to this mandatory inspection it seems that the program is paid for in part by unsuspecting motorists that don't have any intent of breaking the law but nevertheless are slapped with a fine greater than a speeding ticket in many states.

I asked the MIC in Portland if they had ever found any quagga mussels in a kayak and he quickly said "yes- once, on the rudder of an ocean kayak".
He was surprised that the inspectors did not have me remove the kayak so they could actually inspect it. So much for real intent there.

Given that CA to the south has no mandatory inspection- although it has an agricultural inspection that no one can accidentally bypass- and the fact that WA clearly states what type of watercraft needs to be inspected- and the fact Oregon has no sales tax makes me think this is a "gotcha" station like a speed trap devised primarily to gain revenue-mostly from out of state tourists.
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He was surprised that the inspectors did not have me remove the kayak so they could actually inspect it. So much for real intent there.
This part I totally agree with Ross. The fact that you were fined for not stopping to have it inspected, and yet, once in the presence of inspectors, they didn't even bother, tells me it's a more a revenue scheme than a means of protecting the waterways.



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This part I totally agree with Ross. The fact that you were fined for not stopping to have it inspected, and yet, once in the presence of inspectors, they didn't even bother, tells me it's a more a revenue scheme than a means of protecting the waterways.



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While the higher-up bureaucrats recognize the dollar value of these types of activities, I tend to think that the less than thorough inspection was more likely lazy inspectors. As in many such things, the original intent is warranted, but the execution of that intent was not done with as much thought.
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"While the higher-up bureaucrats recognize the dollar value of these types of activities, I tend to think that the less than thorough inspection was more likely lazy inspectors. As in many such things, the original intent is warranted, but the execution of that intent was not done with as much thought..."

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While the higher-up bureaucrats recognize the dollar value of these types of activities, I tend to think that the less than thorough inspection was more likely lazy inspectors. As in many such things, the original intent is warranted, but the execution of that intent was not done with as much thought.
That's a valid point.

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I don't think they were being lazy- they were earnest fresh-faced young college grads who seemed into the relevance of what they were doing. I think they were maybe a little embarrassed that the young deputy dog dude with a decided smirk went 10 miles round trip to bring this perpetrator to justice.
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I live close to one of the most aggressively protected lakes on the planet part time -- Lake Tahoe, and although all trailerable and/or motorized boats need to be inspected, if you can carry it you don't have to get an inspection tag. You can expect to be approached randomly by inspectors, but no inspection tag is necessary, and as long as you answer the questions about self-inspection properly when approached you are fine.

I'm with the OP on this one because I never would have expected that there is a state that has tighter rules in place than Tahoe! Thanks for posting, because I wouldn't have stopped either.
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Smile zebra and quagga mussels

While I can't comment on the fact that a fine was levied. Inspection and education is one of the tools being used to prevent the spread of alien invasive species.

I know in British Columbia there has been a concerted effort to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels into our province. That work is being done, in part, through roadside inspections that can include quarantine of boats from areas known to have existing populations of these invasive species.

It really is up to all of us as we move around north america to try and prevent the spread of invasive species... both aquatic and terrestrial. Keeping our trailers clean, ensuring our boats are drained, washed and dry before we transport them is important. There are some significant risks to our economy and environment from many alien invasive species.

https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hra/invasi...usselfacts.htm

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I have never seen an inspection for boats before. I have seen the signs when coming into Alberta from BC to check your boat for milfoil.
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On the note of what to do. What is one to do?

I have to plead ignorance on this. What are the inspectors looking for, this milfoil stuff? Is there some requirement to wash your boat?
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Since the purpose is to prevent the spread of invasive species, the situation in which cleaning is important is when leaving an infected area... whether or not you realize it is infected. Bringing a boat back to Alberta from B.C. is a perfect example, which is why those signs were there.

I have only brought a boat (a canoe) into Alberta from B.C. once; it was clean and dry.

The lack of inspections in Alberta just indicates that enforcement has not yet been required. No one inspects incoming RVs for rats, either, but with substantial efforts the province has managed to stay essentially free of those.
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..and because they didn't actually inspect a boat once they saw that it was brand-new and never used?
Yes, but how could they see that it was "brand new and never used" unless they inspected it? They basically took Ross' word for it. I think a warning would have been much more appropriate. Yes, there is such a thing as law, but there is also such a thing as intent to circumvent it. I don't see that here. I mean, it's not like speeding where the posted limits are seen every couple of miles, and the rules are easy to understand.

When I was in law enforcement, the intent and attitude of the "violator" went a long way in helping determine my enforcement level.
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