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By Joann Wallenburn
Clearwater Resource Council 

Inspect Before Launch


Montana Mussel Response Team

A personal watercraft being inspected at a watercraft inspection station.

It's hard to find anyone who is unaware of the invasive mussel problem in Montana. The positive finding of invasive mussels in Tiber Reservoir is resulting in significant effects on recreational boating across the state. As we are approaching ice-off and a new boating season, we need to be aware of and prepared for this 'new normal'.

Following an open comment period, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved several rules related to boating in Montana in an effort to prevent overland transmission of the invasive mussels. 'Inspect Before Launch' is required for all boats entering the...

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