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Boaters have big responsibilitly to be clean of invasives

Idaho state Rep. Eric Anderson poses with an Idaho license plate he left for six months in Lake Mead to be encrusted with quagga mussels. (Associated Press)
Idaho state Rep. Eric Anderson poses with an Idaho license plate he left for six months in Lake Mead to be encrusted with quagga mussels. (Associated Press)

INVASIVE SPECIES -- Nobody wants to be regulated, or required to stop at a boat inspection station.  But the risks and consequences of bringing invasive species into Northwest waterways are extreme.

If you've been out of state with your boat, get it inspected and make sure it's CLEAN.

Officials from four Northwest states and three Canadian provinces came together last week to discuss a troubling new development: discovery of the tiny larva of invasive mussels in Montana, the first such discovery in the Northwest region.

“It’s kind of like the nightmare you never wanted to have,” said Montana state Rep. Mike Cuffe, R-Eureka.

See the story from S-R reporter Betsy Russell.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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