(Photo by Brian Peterson)MADISON, Wis. — Pollutants such as phosphorous and polychlorinated biphenyls are contributing to the decimation of freshwater mussel populations in areas like the Bay of Green Bay and the Lower Fox River. Invasive species, like zebra and quagga mussels, are also competing against native mussels and driving down populations, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. Of the 51 species…
Boaters in the state would pay an annual aquatic nuisance fee of $25, and out-of-state boaters would need to pay $50.
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, drain and dry techniques at all times.
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.
The resolution calls for the formation of an incident management team in response to larvae found in Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs, the Milk River near Malta and the Missouri River near York.
Tiber Reservoir remains the only water body in which multiple sample results showed mussel larvae in the state.