Whatcom Council to take comments on boat inspection fees


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Jim Buchanan of Bellingham kayaks on Lake Whatcom March 16, 2011 in Bellingham. Boat inspections to prevent harmful shellfish from entering the lake will include canoes, kayaks and rowboats in 2014 .


New fees for Whatcom County's boat inspection program will be in place after a public hearing on Tuesday, March 25.

One of the new fees for 2014 is a $10 season pass for kayaks and canoes. The county intends to charge $50 for a season sticker on a motorized boat - same as last year.

Also proposed for this year is a $10 discount on both types of watercraft for boaters who take an online course on how to keep invasive species out of Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish.

County and city officials are especially concerned about zebra and quagga mussels. They grow in masses that can clog water pipes and foul boats, beaches and docks.

The county and Bellingham councils already voted in February to include kayaks and canoes in the inspection program. Tuesday's hearing before the County Council is only about the fees.

The hearing starts shortly after 7 p.m. at the county courthouse, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham.

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