Boating season has begun across the state and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding everyone heading to their favorite lakes or reservoirs to be safe this year. Following the state’s boating laws can not only help prevent deaths and injuries, it will help stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species, a serious threat to Colorado’s waters. In Northwest Colorado, several boating areas have officially opened for the season with more to open as the weather warms-up. Parks officials remind residents to always carry the required safety items when traveling on the water. For a detailed list of required boating equipment, click here. In addition to boating safety, officials remind the public about the serious consequences of skirting the required Aquatic Nuisance Species boat inspections, legally required of all motorized and trailered vessels prior to launching. This year, new regulations require any vessel with an inboard/outboard or inboard motor that does not have a valid seal and matching receipt to first undergo a decontamination process before it can launch in Colorado waters. For more information, call your local Parks and Wildlife Office.