Keeping vigilant on protecting Montana’s waterways

Thursday, August 2, 2018

With summer half over, more than 50,000 watercraft have been inspected at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state.

“The wet spring delayed a lot of boating activity, but boaters are enjoying the water now that hot and dry weather is here,” said FWP’s AIS Bureau Chief Thomas Woolf. “Get out on the water and have fun but remember to stop at any open watercraft inspection station that you encounter in your travels.”

To date, 12 boats with invasive mussels have been intercepted in Montana. Most recently three boats with mussels were found at the Anaconda inspection station July 18.

“It’s important that people adhere to the watercraft regulations and get their boats inspected when they come into the state and when they cross the Continental Divide into the Columbia River Basin,” Woolf said. Watercraft must also be inspected when entering into the Flathead River Basin.

Additionally, FWP’s AIS monitoring program is in full swing. More than 500 samples have been taken across the state for aquatic invasive mussels, and analysis is ongoing. So far, no positive samples for invasive mussels have been detected this year.

Reminders:

• Watercraft leaving Tiber and

Canyon Ferry reservoirs must be inspected and decontaminated at an FWP decontamination station.

• Clean, Drain, Dry – ev- ery time. Be sure your boat is clean, drained and dry every time it leaves the water. Make sure to clean off all weeds and debris, drain all water and dry all compartments. Pay close attention to live wells, ballast tanks and anywhere that can hold water. Do your part to help protect Montana’s waterways.

For more information about Montana’s efforts to defend against aquatic invasive species, visit cleandraindrymt.com and the “Protect Our Waters Montana” Facebook page.

Category:

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Monday, February 4, 2019
• Corinthian Lodge No. 72, AF&AM, first & third Monday, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, Laurel Masonic Temple, 9900 Airport Road (except July-August)
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961

Poll

Will the groundhog see his shadow?

The Laurel Outlook

 

Click Here to Check Out Our Latest Ads

We use Google cookies to determine our demographic of visitors to our site. You can opt out here.

We also use Twitter Analytics to track clicks from our twitter feed. 

You can find all the City Council documents that we have received here.