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

“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

PHOENIX – Arizona State Parks and Trails today won the Gold Medal for best managed state park system in the nation from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The award was announced this morning during the national NRPA conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. “This is a tremendous achievement that benefits everyone in our state – from residents to tourists,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Winning the Gold Medal is a testament to the hard work, … 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

The Lake Havasu Marine Association last week announced that it had received the prestigious Arizona Game and Fish Department Award for Excellence. Marine Association President Jim Salscheider was nominated this year for the award by Game and Fish Yuma Director Pat Barber, who noted the Marine Association’s efforts in maintaining Lake Havasu’s fishing opportunities, wildlife, recreational and boating opportunities. He also noted the association’s help in fighting aquatic invasive species. “They’ve been a great partner … Read More

Lake Havasu Marine Association President Jim Salscheider on Wednesday, September 13, announced that the Marine Association had been named “Organization of the Year” by the Arizona Game and Fish Department for its efforts on the lake. In each of those efforts, however, one volunteer was ever present. Havasu resident and longtime volunteer of the Lake Havasu Marine Association Bill Mackey was on Wednesday named the organization’s “Volunteer of the Decade.” Mackey has been with the … Read More

Beginning next year, California residents 20 years old and younger will need to have a California Boater Card while operating a motorized vessel in the state’s waterways, including Lake Havasu. The cards are issued when a boater passes a California state boater safety education exam. In preparation for the change, law enforcement agencies patrolling Lake Havasu and the Colorado River are taking the time to inform California boaters of the change. “We actually give them … Read More