Invasive mussel larvae were discovered in 2017, the marina has since been reconstructed to improve the boat drainage and inspection.

As the Colorado boating season gets underway it's important to understand the effort by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife and others to contain the invasive species problem in Colorado.

Green Mountain Reservoir is now open. When you visit you'll notice the improvements to Heeney Marina. There are more parking spaces and an improved boat ramp. The recently improved ramp is now the only place motorized boats can access the lake. If you attempt to launch your boat from another ramp or from the shoreline you could be fined. The only way to control the spread of invasives is to control access to the water and thoroughly inspect every boat coming in and out.

The Green Mountian Reservoir Aquatic Nuisance Species inspection and decontamination station is open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM. All boats must be inspected for the mussel larvae as soon s your boa is pulled from the water. The ballast tanks and the engine must be fully drained and dried. All boats leaving will receive the new green seal and blue receipt. That shows that your boat was last in Green Mountain Reservoir and went through the required inspection and decontamination procedures.

Remember too that before you launch your boat this spring Colorado residents are required to purchase a $25 ANS stamp at the time of registration. You'll be required to retain the proof of purchase on your person while operating your motor or sailboat.

Credit: 9News