Vessel Inspection Program


SCH Number
Public Agency
Santa Clara County
Document Title
Vessel Inspection Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Vessel Inspection Program for Zebra and Quagga Mussel Inspection is operated by the County of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department at various County-operated facilities to assist with coordinated Bay Area efforts to prevent the introduction of dreissenid mussels into local waterways. Invasive mussels spread easily by attaching themselves to boats, personal watercraft, and related equipment while also posing a serious threat to water quality and water supply infrastructure. Agencies participating in the Bay Area Regional Consortium Zebra and Quagga Mussel Coordinated Prevention Plan (Prevention Plan) agree to implement the vessel inspection and reservoir monitoring guidelines and procedures identified in the Prevention Plan. Authority to operate a Vessel Inspection Program for Zebra and Quagga Mussel Inspection was signed into law in October 2007 as a result of the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 1683. AB 1683 authorized the Department of Fish & Game to inspect and quarantine infected boats, close recreational facilities, and restrict access to certain lakes. AB 1683 also gave local water operators an option to control their own waterways by implementing a dreissenid mussel monitoring and prevention program. Inspection stations are operated at the following Santa Clara County reservoirs: Calero, Coyote, Lexington, and Stevens Creek. Each inspection station consists of one 8x20 converted metal shipping container on existing pavement distanced appropriately from the boat launch area, as defined by the best management practices of the Prevention Plan. Electricity is connected to each station except Stevens Creek. Power will be established at Stevens Creek inspection station by performing trenching through existing parking lot and connecting to existing PG&E lines. When necessary, portable restrooms are placed in the inspection station vicinity. Inspection program signage is posted on facility structures (i.e., vessel inspection stations, park kiosks, existing sign posts, or launch ramp gates) in addition to portable signs directing boaters to stations. Clean, Drain, and Dry (CD3) machines may be set up at Calero and Coyote reservoirs which assist boaters in cleaning and drying vessels.

Contact Information

Shelan Zuhdi
Agency Name
County of Santa Clara, Parks and Recreation
Job Title
Natural Resource Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Jose
Santa Clara
Cross Streets
23201 McKEan Rd; 10840 Coyote Reservoir

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Article 19, Sec. 15301
Reasons for Exemption
Actions identified to operate Vessel Inspection Program for Zebra and Quagga Mussel Inspection at various County-operated reservoirs are classes of projects that will not have a significant effect on the environment and are categorically exempt from the requirement to prepare environmental documents.
County Clerk
Santa Clara


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