Invasive Species

March 11, 2014--Biologist discovers safe way to kill zebra mussels, Great Lakes’ silent invaders (Star & Tribune)

Since they arrived in the Great Lakes in the 1980s, two species of mussels the size of pistachios have spread to hundreds of lakes and rivers in 34 states and have done vast economic and ecological damage.

February 1, 2014--Wildlife agency explains $10 million cut (Cortez Journal)

Fishing is fun, but the fun is no longer funded. A $500,000 cut to the Fishing is Fun program is just one way that Colorado Parks and Wildlife is trimming expenses by $10 million. Leaders from the agency went before state senators Thursday to explain the cuts.

December 12, 2013--Navajo Lake projects underway (Cortez Journal)

Construction projects planned for Navajo State Park will provide improvements to the popular area for campers, boaters and wildlife enthusiasts. The projects are either now in process or will be completed next year, said Doug Secrist, park manager.

December 10, 2013--Water ranks high on EPA agenda for 2014 (Water Online)

The EPA has released its agenda for 2014, and water policy figures prominently on the list. "Despite considerable progress, America's waters remain imperiled. Water quality protection programs face complex challenges, from nutrient loadings and stormwater runoff to invasive species and drinking water contaminants.

November 12, 2013--5 invasive species that have won the war (Mother Nature News)

Invasive species are entirely a human-made phenomenon. As we developed the ability to transport ourselves around the world, we started carrying plants and animals along with us.

August 5, 2013--States seek federal crackdown on mussel invaders (USA Today)

State lawmakers and wildlife officials want Washington's help in battling huge colonies of zebra and quagga mussels that are wreaking havoc in U.S. waters and costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. The officials say an infusion of federal dollars would give them the biggest boost, but few expect tightfisted Congress to deliver.

Quagga Mussels Found in Lake Powell for First Time

According to a May Summit Voice article, invasive quagga mussels, that have gummed up waterworks and fouled ecosystems across the country, have now been found for the first time in Lake Powell.

July 4, 2013--Texas officials try to slow zebra mussel migration (Denver Post)

Carl Pearson dusts cobwebs off his boat as he prepares to push off into Lewisville Lake for some summer relaxation.

June 10, 2013--National Park Service plans ‘mussel blitz’ at Lake Powell (Summit Voice)

After finding 14 adult quagga mussels attached to moored vessels and dock structures at the Wahweap Marina in Lake Powell, the National Park Service is planning a four -day “mussel blitz” to try and remove any more of the invasive aquatic pests. Starting June 10, 25 to 30 divers will be in the water at Wahweap and Antelope Point Marinas to assess the extent of quagga mussels.

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