HB255 Implementation Update

dubob

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Okay boys and girls, here’s the latest information I have on the transition to the new Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) policies for Utah. This information came to me from the Utah DNR/DWR Office that is responsible for implementing the new policies. I offer it to you for your recreational planning purposes only. Since some of the changes can have a negative effect on your personal activities and further discussions on the issues can turn volatile in a heartbeat, I shall not be responding to this thread beyond this original posting. Be safe out there this summer and enjoy your recreation endeavors responsibly.

The AIS folks are moving along with the development of the system and hope to have it available to test within the next few weeks. The AIS folks decided to keep the self-certification requirement for all boaters for the remainder of 2020, and the requirement can still be satisfied one of two ways for residents: either through the completion of the online education course or through signing and displaying the single-use forms at boat ramps (or available online).

For non-residents, the self-certification requirement will automatically be satisfied when they complete the mandatory online education course. Regardless of residency status, proof of self-certification still needs to be displayed on the dash of the launch vehicle. The self-certification program will be re-evaluated next winter to determine whether it is still appropriate.

The payment portal for non-residents is also in development and will allow non-residents to pay fees for multiple boats, if needed. Information gathered through this process (like bow #, boat type, etc.) will be used to generate a scannable QR code that will allow Utah inspectors to scan the code on the mandatory online education course completion certificate once the boater shows up to launch, hopefully expediting the entrance inspection process. The same system will be available to residents who would like to have that QR code generated for them to expedite entrance, but for residents, the payment part would be omitted.

It is not certain now whether or not the ability to scan those codes will be available this summer, but the AIS folks are trying to do so. Those codes will play a larger part in Utah’s program moving forward as the AIS folks continue to look for more efficient ways of collecting the information they need to get boaters on and off of the water faster and provide better customer service.

The fee paid by non-resident boaters will be good for one year from date of issue (similar to a car registration), while the mandatory online education course completion certificate will be valid for the calendar year.

I hope this provides you with useful information you can use to plan your recreational adventures this year. The AIS folks plan to develop a FAQ list in the next couple of weeks that will address many of the questions that are sure to arise regarding these new AIS policies. There will be a link to it (the FAQ list) on their website shortly. I will provide that link as soon as I receive word that it is up and running.

Wishing every one of you a safe and memorable summer in 2020.
 

PowellBride

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Bob,

Since you have a direct line to these folks, maybe you can share with them that they have a synchronization problem in the online course. They have questions that appear before the relevant video training clip. So instead of answering based on information already provided, you answer the questions and then listen to the training relevant to the questions. Not all the sections, just some of the later ones. :D
 

scubatim

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Bob,

Since you have a direct line to these folks, maybe you can share with them that they have a synchronization problem in the online course. They have questions that appear before the relevant video training clip. So instead of answering based on information already provided, you answer the questions and then listen to the training relevant to the questions. Not all the sections, just some of the later ones. :D
I to had problems with the site!! I received my non-res cert last year - 2019 - but could NOT get the state changed to Colo - instead they kept listing it as Utah - even tho they had my correct zip code!! I do not understand why we need to repeat the course?? Have they changed things that much in a year?? I could not get beyond the registration page - but then I am oneoftheoldfartcomputerhandicaped guys!:LOL: Please tell them repeating the course will NOT make me any more careful than I am now (VERY!):mad: Will use last years until they make it mandatory and I get checked on it.
 
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Powder Hound

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Is this mandatory to launch and retrieve at Bullfrog if that is the only lake you will be on in Utah and the rest of the time in Colorado where you have to go through a physical decontamination after being at Powell no matter the time frame. Peter
 
I wasn't aware of any certification. Just the inspection process upon leaving. We are from the 4 corners and launch at Halls. Did I miss something? I took the test anyway. Didn't even hurt. Lol
 

mtnpull

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They should make the cert exam easier to find. I spent 30 minutes the other night looking for it on wildlife.utah.gov and couldn't find it.
 

Bikes

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Where can I get the "single use form" online? Is this a form that I certify that my boat only gets used on Powell and no other lake?
 

Dan Spitzer

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To get to the certification process:

From the UDW website go to "fishing" then to "invasive mussels."

You do not need to be inspected to launch at LP. There are only exit inspections. I do not launch in Utah except at LP. Do note that the certification and inspection process applies to any kind of watercraft even float tubes.

I went ahead and got the "Decontamination Certificate Form" as I thought it might make it easier if I ran into an inspection station after leaving the lake on a day when no one was inspecting upon exiting.

Quite frankly, the questions are so basic on the certification program that, if you've been following the mussel issue over the years, most of you could get all answers correct without watching/listening to the short instructional videos.
 

PowellBride

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The 2019 version specifically indicated you didn't need the certification or pre-launch inspection at Powell as it's already infected, but they seem to have dropped that from the 2020 version. I got it, just in case it makes it easier, but not clear I need it as I only launch at Powell
 

dubob

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The new law that goes into effect on July 1, 2020 requires nonresident vessel owners to pay an aquatic invasive species mitigation fee before operating a vessel on waters in Utah (residents have been paying the fee since 2015 as part of their annual boat registration fee). The new law creates the aquatic invasive species mitigation fee, requiring nonresident owners of certain vessels to pay a fee in order to operate a boat on waters in Utah and requires owners of certain vessels to complete an education course.

The new law also says the annual nonresident aquatic invasive species fee will be $20 on each vessel in order to launch or operate a vessel in waters of this state if the vessel is owned by a nonresident; and the vessel would otherwise be subject to registration requirements under Section 73-18-7 if the vessel were owned by a resident of this state. Before launching a vessel on the waters of this state, a nonresident shall pay the aquatic invasive species fee, and the vessel owner shall successfully complete an aquatic invasive species education course offered by the division.

Please note: it does not matter where you launch at Lake Powell. If you launch your boat in Arizona and drive it to (operate it in) any part of the lake in Utah, you will need to pay the $20 aquatic invasive species mitigation fee before operating your boat in any portion of Lake Powell on the Utah side of the border regardless of where you launched the boat. And you must complete the on-line aquatic invasive species education course. I’m not 100% sure on this, but I believe that you will be required to complete the course BEFORE you pay the $20 fee.

If you will be launching/operating a non-registered water vessel (such as a float tube or kayak without a motor) as a Utah non-resident, you will only be required to complete the aquatic invasive species education course before doing so. Once the course has been completed, you can print out the certificate and use it for the remainder of the calendar year in which it was issued. It will expire on December 31 of the year it was issued in.

If you are a Utah resident, the requirement for course completion has been waived for the rest of 2020.
 

Squirrel

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The thing that I don't understand is; I completed the AIS education course last year, yet I am required to take the same course again in "2020" which I did. The NPS personnel don't have to take their masters or BS or whatever education they took that is required to keep their jobs every year, why do we as boaters have to. They must have bigger brains to retain all that information. Sq
 
Since we will be paying the fee, will they decon my boat before leaving. Haha! I flush my outdrive 3-4 times a year.
Having someone else clean my boat would be nice for a change.
 

DeepVee

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As an Arizona resident who only boats on Lake Powell, which is already infected, I see no reason and will never pay a fee to UT for this program. I think it's great that they're trying to protect their lakes but my boats are a 0% risk to any of their lakes getting infected and non-residents should not have to help pay for a UT only program. Make it a national or multi-state program and I'll pay it. Our boat is now certified under the Arizona Local Boater program which I'd argue meets the same requirements of the UT program.
 
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