By Joann Wallenburn
Aquatics Director, Clearwater Resource Council 

Looking back at 2018 and the battle against AIS

 

January 10, 2019

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Seeley Lake siblings Katelyn and Zachary Lewis starred in CRC's TV spot featuring the need to 'clean, drain and dry' all watercraft, even jet skis. Rocky Mountain Adventure Gear provided the jet skis pro bono.

Let's take a look at what happened across Montana in 2018 in the battle against Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). More than 100,000 watercraft were inspected at 35 watercraft inspection stations across the state. Clearwater Junction continues to be one of the busiest. Sixteen out-of-state watercraft with invasive mussels were intercepted.

AIS monitoring crews surveyed 1,450 sites on 250 unique waterbodies for invasive plants and animals. One new population of faucet snails was found in Lake Frances near Valier. (Lake Upsata also has faucet snails.) More than 2,000 water samples were co...



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