The program, initiated by a bill from the 2017 Montana Legislature, will provide significant funding for the state’s fight against aquatic invasive species.
Aquatic invasive species
The report involves possible upgrades of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill., a choke point between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.
Effort features more than 30 inspection stations, decontamination stations for boats leaving Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs and a broad outreach and education effort to help ensure people recreating on Montana’s waterways are practicing clean,
The “local boater” program will allow watercraft owners to complete educational training on aquatic invasive species and sign an agreement pledging only to use the boat at either Tiber or Canyon Ferry reservoir.
Discharges from ocean-going ships inspected by Coast Guard.
Eleven AIS training sessions are planned around the state starting this month, and a new online training will be available in March.
The weed mats can be a nuisance to boaters and anglers, and scientists also concerned about starry stonewort’s potential to harm native plants, fish habitats and other aquatic ecosystems.
For 2017, effort focuses on curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil and flowering rush
CD3 Stations provide user-focused tools located at the boat ramp to help people clean, drain, dry equipment and dispose of bait and weeds properly.