The Salt Lake Tribune today ran an article detailing the ticketing, trial and conviction of the first Lake Powell Quagga Mussels violation.
For background on the Quagga Muscles please see NPS Increases Efforts to Keep Quagga Mussels out of Lake Powell and the following Video as well Zebra Quagga Mussels Lets Keep Them Out of Lake Powell
In August of 2009 a Nevada State resident was informed by park service staff that his boat needed to be inspected for the Zebra or Quagga mussels before launching in Lake Powell. The man, Mr. Ward, refused the request and proceeded to Lone Rock where he launched his boat and received a citation.
Mr Ward opted to go to trial rather than pay the fine on the ticket. A federal magistrate heard the case and found Mr. Ward guilty, and ordered him to pay a $2,500 fine.
It is difficult for me to understand why, when asked to comply with the boat inspection, a person would ignore the request and endanger the lake. Lake Powell is a beautiful lake and offers so many opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, and general recreation for millions it seems if one cared about the lake, one would ensure their boat was not endangering it. The invasion of the mussels into Lake Mead is well documented as is the damage.