SALEM -- A new law that would require almost all privately owned boats to be inspected for invasive zebra mussels will take effect in mid-August.
The law applies not just to motorized boats, but to canoes and kayaks.
Owners of boats who ignore a sign signaling that an inspection is under way face a $90 fine. The inspections can be along highway pullouts or at boat ramps.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon State Police Game Division were also planning quick-hit inspection blitzes.
The zebra mussel is not native to North America. They consume local varieties on their way to encrusting waterways, piers and water treatment and power plants.
"If the tiny invaders were ever to get into our lakes or rivers," said Hayden Howell of ODFW, "the consequences could be devastating."