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Updated smartphone app allows public to report invasive species in Washington

State wildlife managers have upgraded a key tool in the fight against invasive species.

Oregon rafters may get a break on permits

The Oregon State Marine Board is considering a plan that would no longer require people who rent commercial rafts and kayaks to carry Aquatic Invasive Species permits.

UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017

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 …

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

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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, …