Invasive Species

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS!

The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign is designed to address the multiple challenges of an environmental issue known collectively as aquatic nuisance species. Invasive species represent one of the greatest threats to quality fisheries.


July 26, 2016--Wildlife officials to poison invasive fish in East Fork of Hermosa Creek (Durango Herald)

Next week, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials will be treating a two-mile section of the East Fork of Hermosa Creek as part of ongoing efforts to eliminate invasive fish species and restore native Colorado River cutthroat trout to the watershed. The section, which stretches from below Sig Creek Falls to just above the confluence on the main stem, will be treated with an organic p


July 7, 2016--Colorado funding cuts make reservoirs more vulnerable to invasive species (Summit Daily)

While state funding has started drying up, a noted disturbance remains quite fluid. Two problematic varieties of freshwater shellfish — the zebra and quagga mussel — are always of concern at area water bodies where they are an aquatic nuisance species, or ANS.


June 16, 2016--After dam release, river runs through the Lower Dolores (Durango Herald)

The opening of the lower Dolores River for the first time in five years was a joyous occasion for boaters who could swing the impromptu release.


May 27, 2016--McPhee boat inspections get funding (Cortez Journal)

Efforts to prevent forest fires and invasive mussels are among the list of projects that may receive funding from the U.S.


Invasive Species

For more information on this important topic, visit some of the following websites:

Don't Move a Mussel! 

Protect Your Waters

The 100th Meridian


May 14, 2015--Gov. Hickenlooper signs bill to fight invasive, thirsty plants (KVNF)

House Bill 1006 creates the Invasive Phreatophyte Grant Program. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill at a ceremony in Montrose on Tuesday. "Phreatophytes are those trees and bushes...like Russian olive or tamarisk that just suck up water," said Hickenlooper.


April 7, 2015--‘New and improved’ Navajo Lake boat ramp opens (Pagosa Daily Post)

After undergoing major repairs, the boat ramp at Navajo State Park is now open to the general public for boat launching. The boat ramp was resurfaced and extended another 300 feet into the reservoir. “This will be a huge improvement for our park users,” said Doug Secrist, park manager.


Conservation: Projects Aim to Remove Salt Cedars Along the Colorado and Verde Rivers

The growth of invasive salt cedars within the flood plains of the Verde River in Arizona has become a serious impediment to the flow of water into the Colorado. Extracting salt cedar from riverbeds and replacing it with native grasses is an enormous undertaking, but one that could have a dramatic impact on Colorado River water flows. At least that is part of the thinking behind conservation projects proposed to repair habitats along both of the rivers. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced three such conservation projects as part of a $1.2 billion, five-year enterprise included in the massive 2014 farm bill. About 35 percent of the overall funding will be dedicated to projects such as this along the Colorado River.


March 1, 2015--McPhee Reservoir at risk of mussel invasion (Associated Press)

The non-native quagga and zebra mussels are wreaking havoc on reservoirs in California, Arizona, and Nevada, clogging reservoirs and substantially increasing maintenance costs. Larvae can survive in water on boats that then infect other lakes. Annual tests show McPhee has tested negative so far for the mussels. According to the Cortez Journal, concerns rose after the U.S.


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