The Western Governors Association at its annual meeting last week approved a resolution calling for the creation of a new Western Invasive Species Council; new mechanisms to enhance regional invasive species research, planning and coordination; and recommendations to Congress and federal agencies on improving invasive species management on federal lands and supporting state-led management efforts.
Economists tasked with quantifying the costs of suppressing invasive northern pike in Lake Roosevelt as well as the costs to the region if the pike escaped Grand Coulee Dam and migrated downstream, risking recovery of the Columbia River basin’s threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead, indicated at a Northwest Power and Conservation Council meeting this week that available data is too sparse to adequately answer the questions.
If invasive quagga and zebra mussels spread to the Columbia River Basin — the last major un-infested water system in the continental U.S. — the control costs in the basin alone could reach $500 million annually, says the Biosecurity and Invasive Species report released this week by the Western Governors’ Association.
The Western Governors Association is urging Congress and the Trump Administration to “support and empower state-led rapid response programs” to manage the risks of aquatic invasive species, including zebra and quagga mussels, rather than creating a new response system.
The four Northwest states completed 23 percent more watercraft inspections in 2018 than in 2017, intercepting 16 percent more contaminated recreational vessels that had quagga or zebra mussels attached than in the previous year, according to a draft report by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission that was completed last week.
Idaho Fish and Game staff will share updates on the Lake Pend Oreille fishery and activities planned for 2019 at the annual State of the Lake public meeting on Thursday, April 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the Pend Oreille Events Center. The Events Center is located at 401 Bonner Mall Way, Suite E, in Pend Oreille.
Rising global maritime traffic could lead to sharp increases in invasive species around the world over the next 30 years, according to a new study by McGill University researchers.
Online registration is open for the Columbia Basin Transboundary Conference: One River, One Future, an international conference addressing key issues related to the future of the Columbia River, its ecosystem, management, and international implications.
The first watercraft inspection stations of 2019 will opened this month in Kalispell, Ravalli and Browning. Watercraft inspection stations are Montana’s first line of defense to prevent the movement of aquatic invasive species.