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

Arizona’s fight against the invasive quagga mussel needs a little clarification. The Arizona Department of Game and Fish says that despite marketing efforts and enforcement, there are still a number of boaters who don’t feel the need to clean, drain or dry their watercrafts to aid in stopping the spread of the aquatic invasive species in the Colorado River. The Game and Fish Commission this month called for clarification and more easily-understood phrasing to its … Read More

  An environmental nightmare is playing out about 35 miles from Lake Okeechobee, the source of a green-and-blue algae bloom that is plaguing South Florida. At the lake, an aging dike system forces the Army Corps of Engineers to release controlled discharges through channel locks east and west from the lake to protect nearby towns from flooding, but those discharges, which carry pollutants from agricultural lands that flow into the lake from the north, pour into … Read More

USA TODAY NETWORK Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic 6:10 p.m. EST March 6, 2016 Quagga mussels have expanded rapidly through the Southwest since their discovery at Lake Mead nine years ago (Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Republic) PHOENIX — A tiny European shellfish whose larvae are swarming the Colorado River and connected water bodies has colonized reservoirs and canals in the hills around the Phoenix area. Officials fear the invaders could clog treatment plants and require millions … Read More

Friday, August 21, 2015 – Todays News Herald If you’re finding it easier to get through the northern portion of the lake these days, you can thank the Lake Havasu Marine Association. It’s certainly not their responsibility, but the organization went above and beyond the call of duty by organizing the recent dredging project. The dredge boat loosened the silt on the bottom of the river channel, flushing it downstream and dispersing it throughout other … Read More

PIERRE, S.D. – Boaters enjoying South Dakota’s Lewis and Clark Lake should expect to have their boats inspected when coming off the water in upcoming weeks after several boats moored in the reservoir were discovered to have zebra mussels attached. The mussels were of multiple sizes, indicating that zebra mussels are reproducing in Lewis and Clark Lake. Back in November 2014, a single adult mussel was found by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks … Read More

Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 By ZACHARY MATSON TODAY’S NEWS-HERALD Before he bought a houseboat on the lower Colorado River, Bobby Watkins, of New Mexico, had never heard of quagga mussels. But he quickly learned after buying a boat that had been moored at Pirate Cove for five years and realized he needed to decontaminate the boat to prevent the spread of the invasive mussels before trucking it back home. “I understand it now, and … Read More

Opinion:  Todays News Herald, May 4, 2015 Dear Editor: Here’s the situation: 1. Lake Havasu is infested with an aquatic invasive species called the Quagga Mussel. 2. Many people who boat on the lake don’t know much about this intruder or why it’s a problem (they consume nutrients in the lake needed by valuable aquatic life and they build a crust around water outlets at the dams, restricting water flow). 3. There is an Arizona … Read More