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

A little wristband could have a big effect on boating safety in Lake Havasu. With 10 fatalities on the river between Bullhead City and Parker this summer, with most of those occurring in Lake Havasu, the chorus of calls for action has grown cacophonous. Enter the Lake Havasu Marine Association. Rightfully concerned about an emerging sense of worry about safety on the water, the Marine Association this week unveiled a revamped version of its old … Read More

Lake Havasu City, AZ:  The Lake Havasu Marine Association’s “Designated Operator 2.0 Program” is ready for re-launch on Friday, August 18, raising awareness of all boat drivers to be safe and sober while boating on Lake Havasu. The Designated Operator Program was originally launched on March 1, 2013. The mission of the campaign is to instill an awareness among recreational boaters that assigning the responsibility of a sober “designated operator” will significantly reduce the number … Read More

There were only a handful of comments collected during a six-hour public comment meeting on the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge’s newest draft compatibility determination, a far cry from last year’s session that saw about 500 people turn out for an earlier draft. Of the few comments reviewed prior to Thursday’s meeting, most of the feedback received was ‘overwhelmingly positive,’ Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Manager Richard Meyers said. “The mayor and other pillars of the community … Read More