Invasive Species


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.

May 29, 2014--Coalition makes ground on war with tamarisk (Cortez Journal)

A coalition of land managers, ecologists, and young adults have been slowly eradicating invasive plant species on the Lower Dolores River the last five years. On the frontlines is the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, formed in 2009 to restore native habitat on 175 miles of the river - from McPhee Dam to the confluence of the Colorado River.

May 25, 2014--Can US eliminate invasive species by eating them? (Washington Post)

 It seems like a simple proposition: American lakes, rivers and offshore waters are filling up with destructive fish and crustaceans originally from other parts of the world, many of them potential sources of food. So why not control these invasive populations by getting people to eat them?

April 22, 2014--McPhee boat check could lose funding (Cortez Journal)

The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have not been detected in McPhee Reservoir, but they’re causing havoc in nearby Lake Powell. Boat inspections at McPhee have been effective in keeping the pests out of local waters so far. However, with shrinking budgets for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Services, the critical checkpoints have an uncertain future.

Mussels Moving West of the 100th Meridian

Zebra and quagga mussels are a freshwater shellfish that have spread like an aquatic plague

March 11, 2014--Biologist discovers safe way to kill zebra mussels, Great Lakes’ silent invaders (Star & Tribune)

Since they arrived in the Great Lakes in the 1980s, two species of mussels the size of pistachios have spread to hundreds of lakes and rivers in 34 states and have done vast economic and ecological damage.

February 1, 2014--Wildlife agency explains $10 million cut (Cortez Journal)

Fishing is fun, but the fun is no longer funded. A $500,000 cut to the Fishing is Fun program is just one way that Colorado Parks and Wildlife is trimming expenses by $10 million. Leaders from the agency went before state senators Thursday to explain the cuts.

December 12, 2013--Navajo Lake projects underway (Cortez Journal)

Construction projects planned for Navajo State Park will provide improvements to the popular area for campers, boaters and wildlife enthusiasts. The projects are either now in process or will be completed next year, said Doug Secrist, park manager.

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