Tenmile Lake to combat invasive species with new system for boaters

Tenmile Lake to combat invasive species with new system for boaters
LAKESIDE, Ore.-- A first of its kind 'invasive species' station for boaters is being built at Tenmile Lake.

Officials say they're worried invasive species could kill off the fish population, similar to what has already happened to the lake's turtle population.

The new cleaning station will not only clean the boats, but will educate boaters.

"A lot of the problems are when weeds wash up, seaweed as us local call it, gets stuck on the trailors, and then we drag it to Siltcoos or Tachanoos or one of the lakes," said Michael Mader, spokesman for Tenmile Lakes Watershed.

In addition to the voluntary cleansing station, students from Portland State University are also asking boaters what they know about invasive species.

"One of our main focuses is to understand if boaters know about the clean, drain, dry method," Sam Cimino, Portland State Researcher, said. "That's just a good way to clean your boat and make sure that no invasive species spread."

The new boat cleaning station at the county boat ramp will be finished by September.