Clean Angling News August 2011

State by State

Vermont – Beach attendant Ellie Stone keeps a stash of Band-Aids in a box next to her chair. She knows from experience that swimmers often cut their hands and feet on zebra mussels stuck to the rocks at the Lake Champlain beach..  Read More

New York – The Finger Lakes are being threatened by the recent discovery of Hydrilla, an extremely aggressive invasive plant.  Read More  At the same time, officials continue to battle the Asian clam invasion in the Finger Lakes.  Read More

Washington – Every summer, two Chelan County park maintenance guys crank up the Aquarius Systems aquatic-weed harvester to cut and remove tons of Eurasian milfoil at parks and boat launches dotting the Columbia River.  Read More

Montana – Flowering Rush has invaded Flathead Lake and River where it disrupts swimming and water skiing, provides habitat for the snails that host the parasites responsible for swimmer’s itch, clogs docks and boat slips and fouls the boat propellers that help to spread it. Yet it flies under most people’s radar – a fact that should be alarming to all.  Read More

  Colorado – After detecting two potentially destructive invasive species in Eleven Mile Reservoir, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will require mandatory inspections on all incoming and outgoing boats to prevent spreading the problem.   Read More

Idaho –  It’s taken tens of thousands of boat inspections and a lot of diligence, but Idaho’s effort to keep quagga mussels from invading has paid off so far. The state has conducted more than 40,000 boat inspections since March and intercepted 24 boats harboring quagga mussels.  Read More

Wisconsin – VHS fish disease has not spread to new waters in 2011, a result state fisheries and invasive species officials credit to anglers and others following rules to prevent spreading the virus.  Read More

Nevada – After months of testing, the Bureau of Reclamation and Nevada Department of Wildlife announced quagga mussels have been linked to Lahontan Reservoir. The BOR found quagga veligers, or larvae, during testing in April, and subsequent tests have indicated the destructive mussels are present.   Read More

Minnesota – As boat inspections become more common, some anglers are going to great lengths in protest. There was an especially disturbing incident that took place during August.   Read More


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