Lake Havasu City, AZ:  The New Year is not yet a month old and the Lake Havasu Marine Association (LHMA) has already put into motion an ambitious agenda of meetings and projects for 2017. At the top of the list is the debut of a new Association website, featuring added content about all things important to boating on the Colorado River and specifically, Lake Havasu. The new website, http://www.lhmarineassn.com, is now live.

“In the last quarter of 2016, our Association was again fortunate to receive another annual grant to fund our 2017  ‘Sticker A Mussel’ campaign to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species from U.S. Fish and Wildlife,” commented LHMA president and CEO, Jim Salscheider. “As of this January, our ‘Sticker A Mussel’ effort is 46 months old and we have documented nearly 24,000 one-on-one boater contacts with this important educational program. Our member volunteers are anxious to continue this campaign which will roll-out new out-reach facets as the 2017 boating season approaches this spring.”

The Lake Havasu Marine Association is also pleased to again participate at the annual Colorado River Law Enforcement Agency (CRLEA) Conference in Laughlin on January 24-25 at the invitation of Tim Baumgarten,  Boating Law Administrator for Arizona. We will be sharing a display space with Dee Davis, Pacific States Marine Fisheries WID Trainer from Lake Mead, Nevada, dispensing educational materials to various branches of law enforcement agencies about aquatic invasive species and the work that needs to be done. Then on January 26, the LHMA will be attending the annual Lake Havasu Quagga Coordination Team Meeting in Lake Havasu City to discuss progress and plans to continue the fight against the spread of AIS to non-contaminated bodies of water in the Southwest.

Plans are also well underway for the LHMA’s 26th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, April 7-9 at Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 sponsored by Jet Renu and Mohave State Bank.  The Boat Show, now a well established Havasu tradition, has achieved the status as the largest consumer boat show in Arizona and Nevada attracting over 9,000 in attendance and more than 120 exhibitor/vendors.  Not only will the boat show display more than $50 million in boats, trailers and marine accessories, but it will also play host to the 5th Annual Lake Havasu Regional Chili Cook-Off and the Gary Hart Memorial IJSBA Jet Ski Watercross races.  Just a month following the boat show, the annual Desert Storm Poker Run and Shoot-Out event rumbles into town on May 1-5 featuring exotic high performance boats from all sections of the country.  Close to 200 boats are expected to participate.

For more information regarding the Lake Havasu Marine Association, please call 928-208-2442 or email jims@lhmarineassn.com.

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