PHOENIX —The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds boaters to “clean, drain and dry” – and especially decontaminate — their watercraft and equipment before exiting waters designated as having aquatic invasive species (AIS). This reminder is especially important for out-of-town visitors who moor their boats at AIS-infected waters and are preparing to head out of state. Afraid you might be transporting aquatic hitchhikers? AZGFD has contracted with a local business to provide free decontaminations for … Read More

Meeting could represent new approach on invasive quaggasTop of Form The development of a containment strategy for the invasive quagga mussel has been identified as a top priority for the U.S. Department of the Interior. A meeting held in Lake Havasu City last week might be the first step in the development of such a plan. The two-day meeting between a number of state and federal agencies was closed to the public, but Lake Havasu … Read More

Lake Havasu boaters stand to become the whipping boys in an effort to show the federal government and Western states are really, really serious about stopping the spread of invasive mussels. If one proposal comes to pass, boats leaving Lake Havasu would face required decontamination, a time-consuming and expensive process. The idea, apparently, is to punish Arizona in general and Lake Havasu boaters specifically because quagga mussels are showing up in a number of lakes … Read More

About 1,200 new anchors arrived Friday at Havasu business Slide Anchor, each affixed with an advisory sticker against the spread of aquatic invasive species. Havasu-based Slide Anchor last week received a shipment of 1,200 anchors from China, the first of the company’s products to bear warnings for boaters against the potential for spreading aquatic invasive species to other bodies of water. The Lake Havasu City business joined the Lake Havasu Marine Association alongside multiple state … Read More

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Governors of 19 Western states are pressing the federal government to do more to prevent the spread of damage-causing invasive mussels from infected federally managed waterways. The Western Governors’ Association on Thursday sent a letter urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to put in place by spring 2018 controls to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels. The governors are also asking that federal agencies conduct mandatory inspections and decontamination of … Read More

It’s the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, legislation precipitated by the infamous burning Cuyahoga River in Cleveland that feeds into Lake Erie. Indeed that incident and Lake Erie, dubbed a “dead” lake, became the symbol of the nation’s commitment to protecting waters. Today Lake Erie is again the center of attention, this time for its green slime and dead fish. To be sure, since the Cuyahoga caught fire on June 22, 1969, the … Read More

“Popeye the Sailor” is the unofficial mascot of the Lake Havasu Marine Association’s fight against the spread of quagga mussels in Arizona. From the Marine Association’s Facebook page. It’s been five months since the Lake Havasu Marine Association unveiled its new marketing campaign against the spread of aquatic invasive species, and those efforts may be gaining traction in California. The fight against quagga mussels and other forms of aquatic invasive species is nothing new to … Read More

Mussels can be a toxic threat to lakes and reservoirs. With more lakes getting infested with them around the state of California, San Luis Obispo County officials are stepping up mussel prevention efforts this Labor Day weekend. “We are happy to say we don’t have infested bodies of water here in San Luis Obispo County,” said Danielle Ruedas, mussel prevention coordinator for San Luis Obispo County. San Luis Obispo County officials are on high alert after … Read More

The discovery of toxic blue-green algae at Silverwood Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains closed two beaches to swimming for at least a week, according to officials from the California Department of Water Resources. Signs have been posted at the Sawpit and Cleghorn swim beaches — both on the western side of the lake — advising people not to swim there, according to a Department of Water Resources news release. The lake remains open to boating. Blooms … Read More

June 29, 2017 – Todays News Herald — Lake Havasu is filled with big boats and small boats and fast boats and slow boats. Can’t everyone just get along? Hooray for the Lake Havasu Marine Association for proactively seeking boater engagement as a way to reduce accidents and injuries and deaths. The Association, pointing to a recent spate of accidents, is pushing boaters to assume responsibilities for actions that could lead to accidents. Specifically, the … Read More