Oregon lawmakers vote for zebra mussel inspections

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon boaters will have to submit to inspections for zebra mussels under legislation that passed the Legislature.

Lawmakers hope more inspections will prevent the spread of the invasive species into Oregon waters. The mussel can cling to boat hulls.

The Oregonian reports voluntary inspections that began two years ago have checked nearly 3,000 boats and resulted in 19 having to be cleaned.

The bill that passed Thursday will go into effect with the governor's signature. Running a checkpoint could result in a $90 fine.

Washington, Idaho and California already have mandatory boat checks for zebra mussels.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com