QUAGGA CONTROL only has a chance if we follow the rules.

When it comes to quagga mussels, no one has been any more aggravated by the demagoguery or inspection process than I have–as water districts try and keep at least a few cows in the barn. But as former Lake Wohlford ranger Jay Cowan acknowledged before his retirement in 2009, until we know otherwise, they (water districts) have to do all they can–and thus the private boat ban there, and other measures not as stringent, exist on our waters.

I do my part. I don’t take my boat to DVL, for example, since I don’t want the anxiety of preparing for the inspection or the frustration of getting turned away. I take mine elsewhere and abide by those rules, whatever they happen to be. Sure, I know there are holes in the plan and inconsistencies in the inspections, but we do owe them our best.

I was listening to some sports talk regarding how we can “fix” the problems with the NCAA, with players getting under-the-table benefits (sometimes quite significant ones) from boosters or quasi agents and the difficulty the organization has in policing so many cases all across the country. Yet to me, the answer is as plain as a full moon on a clear night.

If no one wanted to cheat, there would be no infractions and no need for policing. It’s all about integrity. And the very same can be applied to everything from bass tournaments to water quality to invasive species control. If we maintain the course of what we should do–and not what we could do–then we’re going to have the best possible scenario.

But no, I’m still not going to Diamond Valley and give them the satisfaction of turning me away.