Posted by Norm Schultz on June 27, 2017, 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

A Havasu-based anchor manufacturer will join the fight against Arizona’s quagga mussels this year, alongside the Lake Havasu Marine Association and a multi-state coalition of government agencies. Slide Anchor, which has operated in Havasu for 18 years, will join the Marine Association alongside Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the Washington Sea Grant, the Alaska Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the … Read More

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week will discuss how to combat the scourge of invasive species. “The purpose of this hearing is to hear from federal and state officials and related stakeholders to explore innovative solutions to control invasive species and promote wildlife conservation/management,” a committee aide said in an email. The witnesses invited to testify include the acting director of the Fish and Wildlife Service; state wildlife experts; and … Read More

New rules should reduce the spread of quagga mussels, from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources – February 2017 If you boat on two popular waters in Utah, you need to be aware of two major changes. In addition to stopping at all mandatory inspection stations that are open, you must do the following to prevent spreading quagga mussels: After boating on Lake Powell or Deer Creek Reservoir, you must remove the drain plugs from … Read More

I like to write about something Congress does that we can applaud, although it happens about as often as Colin Kaepernick is named “Patriot of the Year” by the local VFW. However, sometime this week President Obama is expected to sign the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, legislation that holds some provisions that can be good for boating. As is typical of bills containing myriad provisions, it’s hard to get a handle on it. … Read More

With the discovery of quagga mussels in Pyramid Lake in northern Los Angeles County this past week, there are now 32 waters in Southern California certified to have the invasive species. Those waters include the entire Colorado River and its aqueduct system, most of the lakes and reservoirs in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties, and Piru Lake in Ventura County. This is the first time the quagga mussels have been discovered in the state … Read More

Microscopic observation of water samples collected at Pyramid Lake in June 2015 revealed the presence of Dolichospermum, a type of cyanobacteria that can produce a toxin capable of killing dogs within 20 to 30 minutes of exposure. (Photo courtesy of Greenwater Laboratories) By Stephanie K. Baer, LA Daily News The thing that stands out to Beverley Anderson-Abbs about the unsightly, paint-like algae blooms in California this summer should perk up dog owners’ ears. Anatoxin-a, an algae toxin … Read More