NRWMAC in partnership with San Luis Obispo County Public Works, and Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA) continues to provide Training Programs and Community Information Presentations on the threat that Quagga Mussels present to Lake Nacimiento. To date we have trained over 300 inspectors who volunteer their time to inspect vessels that are launched at private ramps around the lake. There are over 30 private ramps that are serviced by these volunteers. Monterey County Park Rangers provide inspection services at the Marina ramps.
All vessels launched on Lake Nacimiento must have a valid mussel screening permit PRIOR to launch. Permits are valid from 1-21 days depending on circumstances. Vessels launched without a screening permit are subject to a $2000 fine.
We offer these classes:
Community Information Classes: One hour presentation provides information on the threat that Quagga mussels present to lakes, water systems, power generation, ecology, etc.
Level I Screener Classes: Trains people so they may screen incoming vessels prior to launch (2.5 hours).
Recertification Classes: Level I Screeners must be re-certified every three years.
Resident Vessel Program Classes: This program is for lakeside communities whose ramps are behind locked gates, and the vessels NEVER leave the community except for service. Once enrolled in this program, vessels have a sticker that relieves them of the regular screening for one year.
All classes are by reservation only. To enroll for a class please contact Misty Pontes at SLO County (805) 788-2387 for a reservation.