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

Posted by Norm Schultz on June 27, 2017, Tradeonlytoday.com When unpleasant news about Lake Erie comes along, it gets my attention. Yes, I acknowledge my soft spot for that wonderful lake I know so well, having boated and fished and raised our kids there for 38 years. But this warmest and most productive of the five Great Lakes is threatened from two directions and calls for action are surely justified. “The Administration can’t explain why … Read More

AZGFD reminds boaters to ‘clean, drain and dry’ following five impoundments during past month. Following the recent interception and impoundment (out of state) of multiple quagga mussel-fouled watercraft that had been in Lake Powell or Lake Havasu for extended periods, 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. Five vessels from Arizona … Read More

Praises Western Governors’ Collaboration, Increases Investments WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today praised a package of actions and initiatives developed through collaboration with western governors and federal, state and Tribal agencies to protect areas in the West from the economic and ecological threats posed by invasive mussels. A team of more than 70 federal, state, and tribal government officials has been working on the package, which presently includes 41 measures, for … Read More

Lake Havasu Marine Association President Jim Salscheider displays a new mussel-advisory sticker, which the Marine Association and multiple state agencies hope to see affixed to all Slide Anchors. At Vidal Junction, on the Arizona-California border, about 940 boats have been quarantined in the past four years. Of those watercraft, 700 were quarantined due to mussels attached to their anchors. The Lake Havasu Marine Association has for three years worked with the U.S. Bureau of Land … Read More