Moss balls sold to clean aquarium water were found to contain invasive Zebra mussels, prompting action by Northwest state agencies.
The problem of invasive Northern Pike in the Columbia River Basin is one of those problems that is someone else’s until it becomes yours.
Washington state is watching carefully for signs that invasive species like Northern Pike and zebra and quagga mussels don’t expand (pike) or take hold (mussels) in the state.
Accelerated effort would include longer hours for boat inspection stations and additional funding.
The conference in Kimberley, British Columbia, will address key issues including the Columbia River Treaty and climate change, and is being co-hosted by the Columbia Basin Trust and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
While federal funding to inspect watercraft entering the four Northwest states is secure for 2019, beginning in 2020 a dozen more states will be eligible.
Northern pike, a voracious predator, are continuing to invade Lake Roosevelt, imperiling other fish species. There is a $10 per fish bounty to get them out of the lake.
Non-native, invasive freshwater mussels pose "a grave threat to the waters and economic resources" of the state, Governor Steve Bullock said last fall, and now the state has a plan to respond quickly if and when the invaders take hold.
Zebra and quagga mussel larvae discovered in several Montana water bodies in November prompted a defensive action to keep the damaging species from invading other Northwest water bodies. Federal money is on the way to help the fight.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order on November 30 declaring a statewide natural resource emergency for due to the detection invasive aquatic mussel larvae