Invasive Species

July 1, 2012--Fighting invasive species on the Dolores River (Telluride Daily Planet)

Exotic species invading local ecosystems has long been a problem in Colorado, but along the Dolores River a program is in place to push some species back. Problem species that sprout up on the banks of the scenic southern Colorado waterway include mainly tamarisk, but also Siberian elm and Russian knapweed, which can outcompete local species of grasses, trees and shrubs.


December 5, 2011--Northern NM reservoirs may hold invasive mussels (Denver Post)

Preliminary tests show invasive mussels may have arrived in El Vado and Navajo reservoirs in northern New Mexico. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation​ spokeswoman Mary Perea Carlson tells the Albuquerque Journal that lab samples collected in October show signs of either quagga or zebra mussels.

More Invasives Found in State Waters

Biologists with Colorado Parks and Wildlife say they continue to find new signs of aquatic invaders in Colorado waters, including New Zealand mudsnails, which showed up in East Delaney Butte Reservoir this summer.


August 16, 2011--Colorado: More aquatic invaders found in state waters (Summit Voice)

Biologists with  Colorado Parks and Wildlife say they continue to find new signs of aquatic invaders in Colorado waters, including  New Zealand mudsnails, which showed up in East Delaney Butte Reservoir this summer.


April 22, 2011--Navajo State Park opens marina, inspects for aquatic nuisance species (Pagosa Sun)

The boat ramp at Navajo State Park and the Two Rivers Marina have both opened and are gearing up for another year. All rental boats are tuned up and ready to go. There are fishing, pontoon and ski boats available for half day or full day rentals. The Two Rivers Marina is a full service marina including fuel, snacks, ice, tackle, live bait, slips and pump out station.


March 19, 2011--Wild Colorado - Invasive species: a never-ending battle (Summit Daily)

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has found the invasive zebra mussel in just seven Colorado bodies of water, but crews monitor 230 waters in the state to keep the threat from spreading. The agency's efforts extend beyond its jurisdiction into Forest Service and municipal areas and more. For that, the invasive species coordinator, Elizabeth Brown, was recently recognized by the Forest Service.


February 6, 2011--Agencies slowly cracking down on ships bringing invasive species to US waters in ballast tanks (Los Angeles Times)

After decades of delay, government officials are beginning to crack down on cargo ships that allow foreign invasive species to hitchhike to U.S. waters, where they have turned ecosystems upside down and caused billions of dollars in economic losses.


January 14, 2011--The people have spoken (Durango Herald)

For the first time since Lake Nighthorse began filling close to two years ago, a picture of what recreation will look like at the reservoir began to emerge after two days of workshops and meetings. In a couple of months, planners at Durango-based DHM Design will return a completed picture for re


November 16, 2010--CDOW: New regs aim at stopping spread of invasive species (Citizens Voice)

“The spread of aquatic nuisance species is a serious problem that threatens to disrupt our fisheries and potentially restrict angler opportunity,” said Colorado Division of Wildlife commission chairman Tim Glenn.


October 19, 2010--No trespassing (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has overcome environmentalist protests, uncertain funding, project downsizing and cost overruns to bring the decades-old Animas-La Plata Project to completion. Now the agency is facing a new challenge: intruders.


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