Invasive species stamp

AT LAKE MEAD all boats will need one of these.

The New York Yankees once tried to get more out of pitcher Joba Chamberlain than maybe he could deliver, and so the player was subjected to what was popularly called “Joba Rules.”

For those who didn’t understand the organization’s intentions, that was always a quirky situation as the directives were somewhat counter to tradition.

But for Lake Mead, home of the 33rd U.S. Open in September, some contestants might be surprised that the State of Nevada has its own Joba Rules in place.

For example, the need for an invasive species stamp on your boat, which regulation started in 2013.

All boats, powered or otherwise that could contain or hold water, were subject to a fee in order to get an AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) stamp. For a bass boat, that’s $20, plus a service fee if purchased online.

But recently, Nevada has also established a law where all power boat drivers from personal watercraft to anything inboard or outboard of more than 15 horsepower, must have a driver safety card (boaters license). Officially, that now means anyone born after Dec. 31, 1982 has to have this card in order to drive such a vessel in Nevada waters.

Which (by letter of the law) I would say, applies to anyone who would, even briefly, take the wheel of your rig while the motor is running. Thus I bring to your attention, the fact that the test for the card can be taken on-line, and all the details are there, including the fact that it costs $29.50, once one passes the test.

And while Nevada is targeting youth right now, it is their intention to have all boat drivers become card carriers in the future. So, you’ve been warned.


2 Responses to “Nevada has its own ‘Joba Rules’”

Sadly, we need this program in CA. People buy boats, take them on the water, and because they don’t know how to drive safely, kill people. It’s very frustrating for those of us who are defensive drivers on the water. I have enough to worry about without having to worry some bone head cutting across my bow, or come too close and wake me while I’m fishing near the rocks. And most of the time it’s the recreational boaters or jet skiers that do it. In addition to a safety course, we need a “Courtesy on the Water” course, and a “Pick Up Your Trash” course, and a “How To Launch Your Watercraft Without Tying Up The Launch Ramp” course! Stupid lake lice!

I like the spirit of Darlene’s ideas.The problems are real and frustrating. I see the spirit of bureaucracy focused on gathering revenue and expanding and perpetuating the bureaucracy.