Utah Admin. Code R657-60-5 - Requirements for Transportation and Launching of Equipment and Conveyances

Current through Bulletin 2021-24, December 15, 2021

(1) Before transporting a conveyance on a highway, as defined in Section 72-1-102, in the state, a person shall:
(a) remove all drain plugs and similar devices that prevent drainage of raw water systems on the conveyance; and
(b) to the extent feasible, drain all water from live wells, bilges, ballast tanks, and similar compartments on the conveyance.
(a) Before launching a conveyance in a Utah waterbody, a nonresident vessel owner shall:
(i) pay the annual aquatic invasive species fee;
(ii) successfully complete the aquatic invasive species education course; and
(iii) provide proof of compliance with this Subsection to the vessel operator.
(b) The vessel operator is responsible for verifying compliance with this Section while recreating on a Utah waterbody.
(c) Except as provided in Subsection (6), a person must satisfy all decontamination requirements before launching or placing equipment or a conveyance in a waterbody if that equipment or conveyance has been in a waterbody or water supply system subject to decontamination requirements in the previous 30 days.
(3) The owner, operator, or possessor of any equipment or conveyance that has been in a waterbody subject to decontamination requirements shall inspect the interior and exterior of the equipment or conveyance for the presence of Dreissena mussels immediately upon exiting the waterbody and prior to leaving the take out site.
(a) If all water in the equipment or conveyance is drained and the inspection undertaken pursuant to Subsection (3) reveals the equipment and conveyance are free from mussels or shelled organisms, fish, plants and mud, the equipment and conveyance may be transported in or through the state directly from the take out site to the location where it will be:
(i) decontaminated; or
(ii) temporarily stored and subsequently returned to the same water body and take out site as provided in Subsection (6).
(b) All drain plugs and similar devices that prevent drainage of raw water systems on the conveyance shall be removed during the transport and storage of a conveyance.
(5) Equipment and conveyances may not be moved from a take out site of an infested, suspected, or detected water body, or a water body subject to a closure order or control plan requiring decontamination, unless:
(a) the operator satisfies the requirements of Subsection (4); or
(b) the operator receives prior written authorization to move the equipment or conveyance to a designated location to complete decontamination requirements.
(6) Decontamination is not required when a conveyance or equipment is removed from an infested water or other water body subject to decontamination requirements, provided the conveyance and equipment is:
(a) inspected and drained at the take out site, and is free from attached mussels, shelled organisms, fish, plants, and mud as required in Subsections (1) and (2);
(b) returned to the same water body and launched at the same take out site; and
(c) not placed in or on any other Utah water body in the interim without first being decontaminated.
(a) Division personnel may provide the operator of a vessel leaving an infested water, or any water subject to a closure order under Section R657-60-8 or control plan under Section R657-60-9, with an inspection certification indicating the date that vessel left the water body.
(b) An individual who receives a certification of inspection from the division must retain that certification of inspection until:
(i) the operator returns to the same body of water and receives a new certification of inspection upon leaving the water body;
(ii) the operator completes a certification of decontamination; or
(iii) the operator receives a professional decontamination certificate.


Utah Admin. Code R657-60-5
Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2015-23, effective 11/10/2015 Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2017-7, effective 3/13/2017 Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2020-18, effective 9/8/2020

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