Idaho checks first quagga-mussel infested boat of season

BOATING -- Mandatory watercraft inspection stations have barely opened for the season in Idaho, and they already have reported finding the year's first boat fouled with quagga mussels, a potentially devastating invasive species. The boat was checked at the Cotterell Port of Entry station on...


Invasive mussels knocking on Idaho’s door, official says

INVASIVE SPECIES -- Having the invasive quagga mussels booming in Utah's Lake Powell is like having a deadly contagious disease at a major national airport with folks coming and going in all directions -- including Idaho, a federal biologist says. He's trying to get the...


Preventing invasive mussels worth cost, study says

INVASIVE SPECIES -- An Independent Economic Advisory Board update released last week indicates that the money spent – an estimated $5 million per year from a variety of sources -- in attempts to ward off an invasion of non-native zebra and quagga mussels into the...

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

Asian clams suck, and they’re in Lake Pend Oreille

INVASIVE SPECIES -- A dive team to assess an outbreak of invasive asian clams in the Hope area of Lake Pend Oreille is being organized for Monday by the Idaho Department of Agriculture and Bonner County. The clams were detected recently during the pre-runoff lake...

MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

Northwest states eye Lake Mead as source of invasive woes

INVASIVE SPECIES -- Washington, Idaho and Oregon are among the Northwest states and provinces involved in lobbying the federal government to assure that a $1 million appropriation line item in the Department of Interior’s 2012 budget is spent to help cut off the spread of...

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011


Boaters asked to lead effort on zebra mussels

BOATING -- Idaho has set up 15 roadside invasive species boat inspection stations, including five in the Panhandle. The goal is to prevent the state-by-state spread of exotic zebra and quagga mussels. People transporting a watercraft near boat inspection stations are required to stop. When...

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

Biologists explains zebra mussel threat

INVASIVE SPECIES -- Mike Wilkinson, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s aquatic invasive species biologist, will give a free program focusing on the threat of zebra mussels invading the region’s waters on Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council office, 6116 N. Market...


Boat carrying zebra mussels intercepted at Washington border

INVASIVE SPECIES -- Washington officials found invasive zebra mussels on a boat coming into Washington Saturday at the stateline port of entry near the Idaho border. Both Idaho and Washington are ramping up their surveillance for these invasives with horrible consequences to our waterways. Read...

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

Mussel-infested boats stopped at Idaho checkpoint

WATERWAYS -- Two boats infested with invasive mussels were intercepted at a North Idaho checkpoint, state officials said Monday. Idaho Department of Agriculture said in a press release the boats were stopped at a station on Interstate 90 near Wallace on Thursday. The Coeur d’Alene...

THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

Zebra mussel threat lingers

WATERWAYS -- Inconclusive test results showing signs of invasive mussels in Flathead Lake still have downstream interests on edge."Part of me still stands strong and thinking positive that it's going to be OK," said Erin Mader of the Pend Oreille Basin Commission in Sandpoint.Results from...

MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

Signs of exotic mussels found at Flathead Lake

FISHING – Signs of exotic mussels have been found in a routine plankton sample taken in July from the northern end of Flathead Lake, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department officials announced this afternoon.Verification testing is still under way. Test results from independent labs in...

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