Stories tagged: zebra mussels
UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 4:48 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers plan big budget boost for fight against invasive mussels
Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday approved a whopping 40.2 percent increase in state funds for the Idaho Department of Agriculture next year, largely because of a big boost to a boat …
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 5:12 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Diverse group urges Idaho to invest in early-childhood education
BOISE - The best thing Idaho can do for its kids, its workforce and its economy is invest in early-childhood education, citizens told a state senate committee last week. The …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 9:48 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers OK emergency budget bill for anti-mussel boat inspection stations
Idaho lawmakers on Monday approved an emergency appropriation of $710,000 to expand the state’s boat inspection stations to check for invasive quagga and zebra mussels, adding three new stations, dawn-to-dusk …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 3:03 p.m.
Idaho’s boat inspection program faces big budget shortfall
Idaho’s boat inspection program, aimed at keeping invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of the state, is facing a big budget shortfall that’s sent state lawmakers scrambling.
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Washington considers strengthening measures to protect waters from aquatic invasive species
Bad news is knocking at the door and Washington is behind the curve on dealing with aquatic invasive species. State officials say there’s an urgency to get up to speed …
Tue., May 24, 2016, 8 p.m.
House measure backs shippers on ballast water dumping; invasive species a concern
A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would …
Thu., Jan. 21, 2016
Fight continues to keep invasive mussels out of Northwest states
BOISE – Idaho, Washington and a few surrounding states are the last places where invasive quagga and zebra mussels haven’t taken hold, and a Montana legislator wants it to stay …
Sun., July 7, 2013
Idaho boat inspection stations on the lookout
Idaho’s 14 roadside boat inspection stations are busy trying to keep the state’s waters from being infested by nasty invasive species. Boaters are required to stop at the stations, two …
Sat., Nov. 3, 2012
Officials intercept mussels at border
The driver for a Marysville, Wash., trucking firm is facing a possible felony charge after he was caught hauling a boat contaminated with zebra mussels for the second time since …
Tue., July 10, 2012, 8:43 a.m.
NW seeking fed help with mussel scourge
BOISE — A power planning group from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington is pursuing $2 million in federal aid to fend off the menace of invasive mussels that have clogged …
Sun., Nov. 6, 2011
Mussel fight still tenacious
BOISE – Tens of thousands of boat inspections later, Idaho and Washington have come through another boating season without getting invasive quagga or zebra mussels established in either state’s waters …
Sun., Sept. 4, 2011
Inspection stations find 24 infected boats
At least 24 boats harboring invasive quagga mussels have been intercepted since March at Idaho’s roadside boat inspection stations. That may not seem like a huge catch from more than …
Thu., Nov. 18, 2010
Signs found of invasive mussel in Flathead Lake
Signs of invasive exotic mussels have been found in Flathead Lake. Although verification testing is still under way, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department officials say they are taking seriously …
Thu., June 17, 2010
State checking for invasive species
Boaters may be stopped by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers conducting mandatory checks of boats, trailers and gear for aquatic invasive species.
Fri., Oct. 9, 2009, 11:57 a.m.
Mussels program draws mixed reviews in first year
State recreation officials say they have raised more than $776,000 this year from a program to raise money for boat inspections and keeping a pair of invasive mussels out of …
Thu., July 2, 2009, 11:46 a.m.
Boat inspections begin in Idaho to deter mussels
Eight of 18 planned boat inspection sites in Idaho are open in an attempt to prevent invasive quagga and zebra mussels from entering the state.
Wed., May 20, 2009
Checks target boats on road
BOISE – Starting in about a month, anyone pulling a boat into Idaho will have to pull over at a port of entry for inspection and possible decontamination in an …
Thu., March 5, 2009
Keeping invasive mussels at bay goal of sticker fee
BOISE – Boaters could be forced to help pay for wash stations that some believe could keep invasive zebra and quagga mussels out of Idaho’s waterways. “We have one opportunity, …