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. Her goal is to prevent the spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species — like New Zealand mud snails, the rusty crayfish, and aquatic noxious weeds like the Eurasian watermilfoil — into other bodies of water in the state. She works within the Division, with the Forest Service, with the public and with other agencies to ensure the creatures don't move into new homes — and clog water systems, overtake ecosystems and more. “I'm pretty shocked and humbled,” she said. “It's awesome to have an agency like the Forest Service recognize your efforts.”

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