Tiber Reservoir Certified Boater testing available
By angelamontana

Posted: March 23, 2021

Certified Boater training for Tiber Reservoir is available from FWP online at CleanDrainDryMT.com. Watercraft owners who primarily recreate on Tiber Reservoir can receive the Certified Boater designation.

The online training course provides participants with information about the invasive mussel threat; how to appropriately clean, drain and dry watercraft; and why it’s important for everyone to take responsibility in protecting Montana’s waterbodies.

The Certified Boater program is open to Montana residents who live east of the Continental Divide and who boat primarily on Tiber Reservoir. As proof of Certified Boater designation, the watercraft owners will receive decals to place on their watercraft and trailer and a key to unlock gates at the boat ramps.

Certified Boaters can access all public boat ramps on Tiber Reservoir and are expected to do a self-inspection every time they exit the waterbody to make sure their boat is clean, drained and dry. The program is designed to decrease volume at decontamination stations and allow a focus on boats traveling elsewhere.

Certified Boater participants sign an agreement pledging to go through decontamination before leaving his or her designated waterbody to launch in another waterbody.

If no invasive mussels are detected on Tiber Reservoir this year, FWP may ask to remove the launch restrictions on Tiber Reservoir in 2022.

Persons unable to complete the online Certified Boater training can visit the FWP Region 4 office in Great Falls at 4600 Giant Springs Road.

For more information on invasive mussels, locations of inspection stations and the Certified Boater training, visit CleanDrainDryMT.com or call the FWP Aquatic Invasive Species Bureau at 406-444-2440.

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