This two-day, intensive, hands-on training is provided free of charge on a first-come first-served basis. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel expenses. The course is designed for those individuals who are currently or will soon become active in setting-up or implementing watercraft inspection and decontamination programs for their respective agencies, organizations or businesses. The class size is restricted to 10–12 people, and the focus is on actual inspections of various types of watercraft and the use of several decontamination systems. It is certified by 100th Meridian member agencies and successful graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion.
It is recommended that students be trained in both inspection and decontamination in the same two-day course, and do not attend different classes for each. To be trained in decontamination, students must participate in all decontamination sessions (approximately 5 hours including demonstrate practical knowledge by taking part in practical decontaminations). All students must receive a passing score of 80% or better on the final written exam to pass the class. The training must include additional inspection practice, along with standard decontamination modules or chapters/slideshows:
1) Additional inspection practice
2) Triggers for Decontamination
3) Types of Decontamination and Step-By-Step Decontamination Procedures
4) Working knowledge of boat anatomy, form and function
Inspection and Decontamination trainings are delivered over two days (12–14 hours), mostly at Lake Mead located on the Nevada/Arizona Border near Las Vegas. The training focuses on actual field inspections of various types of watercraft, which may or may not be contaminated with quagga mussels and then day two will entail decontamination procedures according to the Uniform Minimum Protocols and Standards for Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs for Dreissenid Mussels in the Western United States (UMPS III).
Dress for the training should be work clothes. There will be some crawling under boats on both dirt and pavement. You will also be operating boat washing equipment on Wednesday that will be using hot (>160° F) and could (surely will) get some splash. A pair of disposable/reusable coveralls will be provided upon request. Footwear should have non-marking outsoles (so you don’t leave marks on the boats while inspecting and decontaminating them) and be able to get wet without being damaged. Flip flops or any open footwear is not advised for Wednesday since there most likely will be very hot water splashing during the decontamination process.
Remember your cameras and sunscreen.
|8:00am||Shuttle from Sunset Station Hotel to Lake Mead WSC|
|8:45am||Introductions - WIT/WID Training and Program Overview - Chapter 1|
|9:00am||AIS Impacts at Hoover, Parker and Davis Dam - Leonard Willet, Environmental Compliance Manager/Quagga Mussel Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, Hoover Dam|
|9:15am||Arizona AIS - Kami Silverwood, AIS Specialist/Kate Steighler, AIS Tech - AZGFD|
|9:45am||Quagga and Zebra (QZM) and Other AIS Biology - Chapter 2|
|10:30am||Watercraft 101 - Chapter 3
|11:30am||OUTSIDE - Boat Anatomy|
|1:00pm||OUTSIDE – Entrance Boat Inspection Demonstration and Discussion|
|1:15pm||Inspection Protocol - Chapter 4|
|2:00pm||OUTSIDE - Hands-on Inspection Practice (Breakout groups) (~2 hours total) (Groups of 3-5 Boater, Inspector, Observer)
|4:00pm||Review Questions in Chapters 1-4 - Summarize Day 1|
|Student Homework - Review and complete any unfinished homework|
Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination
WID Training Agenda - Day 2 of 2
|8:00am||Shuttle Van from Sunset Station Hotel to Lake Mead WSC|
Decontamination Procedures - Chapter 5
Decontamination Manual Q & A
OUTSIDE - Decontamination Unit Standard Operating Procedures, Winterization, Attachment Application and Safety Equipment
Outdoor - Decontamination Demonstration and Practice - Ben
|11:30am||Decontamination Quiz - Review Chapter 5 Questions|
|1:15pm||Decontamination (Breakout groups) (~2 hours total)|
|Based on Skills, Knowledge and Attitude
Certificates will be handed out at completion of training