Invasive Species

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.

BOR Helps New Mexico with AIS Program at Navajo Reservoir

Due to the State of New Mexico’s budget constraints, the Bureau of Reclamation (Western Colorado Area Office) is currently working with New Mexico State Parks to provide financial assistance to implement an Aquatic and Invasive Species (AIS) Program for boat inspections, decontamination, and public education at the Pine River and Sims Mesa boat ramps at Navajo Lake State Park.

July 21, 2010--Experts testing tactics to keep harmful mussels from muscling their way in (Denver Post)

A Denver-based federal team fighting invasive freshwater mussels is investigating new and hopeful treatments, including poison, blasts of ultra-violet light and shock waves, and the introduction of a mussel-destroying predatory sunfish.

July 11, 2010--Scientists roll out mats to kill Lake Tahoe clams (Denver Post)

Scuba-diving scientists are unrolling long rubber mats across the bottom of Lake Tahoe coves in an attempt to quell a clam invasion that could cloud the world-reknown cobalt waters. The half-acre mats are designed to smother dime-sized nonnative Asian clams that can reach populations of 5,000 per square yard.

Boat Inspections Now Mandatory in Colorado

Watercraft inspections to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species are now mandatory in Colorado for both resident and non-resident motorized watercraft.

June 13, 2010--Aquatic nuisances feared to be nearing Colorado's shores (Coloradoan)

Zebra mussels are an aquatic nuisance species being identified in Colorado; they also have been discovered in Pueblo Reservoir. "There are waters in Colorado that have tested positively," Ranger Jim Hawkins said.

June 6, 2010--Collaboration is critical for sustaining healthy rivers (Grand Junction Sentinel)

June has been designated Great Outdoors Month by presidential proclamation since 2004. This year, the president has been joined by the governors of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming and a dozen other states in encouraging Americans this June to renew our commitment to protecting our water, air, and majestic landscapes for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

May 13, 2010--Boat inspections now mandatory for Colorado waters (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Watercraft inspections to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species are now mandatory in Colorado for both resident and non-resident motorized watercraft.

April 7, 2010--Study says U.S. waterways are warming (New York Times)

Many streams and rivers in the United States are getting warmer, with the greatest increases in urbanized areas, according to research to be published in an upcoming edition of the journal Frontiers of the Ecology and the Environment.

March 31, 2010--Mussel watch: State finds less, expects more (Pueblo Chieftain)

Two years ago, after larvae of zebra mussels were confirmed at Lake Pueblo, the state mobilized to stop the spread of invasive aquatic species. The public education and inspection campaigns have apparently paid off, as little evidence of zebra or quagga mussels was found in the state in 2009, according to a recent report by the Division of Wildlife to the state Legislature.

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