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Mussel inspections required for all watercraft at Shadow Cliffs

Inspection fees: $7 for motorized vessels, $3 for car-top, inflatable vessels

Starting Saturday (Oct. 1), all watercraft wanting to launch into the water at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area will need to be inspected for quagga mussels as the East Bay Regional Park District is expanding its invasive mussel program to the Pleasanton park.

The new rules apply to all boats, canoes, kayaks, inflatable crafts, paddle boards and float tubes.

A background inspection reviews the vessel's history to make sure it was not operated in quagga-infested waters, and a visual inspection examines all parts and equipment of the watercraft, officials said.

Any watercraft that fails the inspection will not be permitted to launch.

The inspection fee is $7 for motorized vessels, and if the vehicle passes, it has the option of being banded to waive the inspection fee for the next visit. Car-top and inflatable vessels have a $3 inspection fee -- good for 30 days, although the vessel must be inspected every visit. For more info, visit www.ebparks.org.

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